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Ace that job interview with these outfit and interview tips

There is something about hitting the mid-year mark that just leaves me chomping at the bit for change, freshness, innovation. I want to sprinkle that fucking magic all my life. I want to marinate in it. I am a chameleon by nature. While some of us get really uncomfortable about change, I relish it. It makes me feel alive. Life tends to stagnate. We fall into our ways and routines and while they may not make us unhappy, they also don’t challenge us. And if we’re not challenged, we cannot grow.

So for the next few weeks, Kim and I are going to make a HUGE effort to scoop up the wonder of change and throw it right into your faces. We’re going to be talking about getting back on track, revisiting your goals, making new goals and closing out the teen years of the naughties with a BANG.

Right now there definitely seems to be something in the water because there are so many people I know facing big, brave changes. One of which seems to be in the career space. One of my favourite Twitter moms and friends, Nicole Sweet has just drastically changed her career path to follow her forever dream of becoming a fashion stylist. Follow her for absolutely fierce looks –>

I recently read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and it has changed my life and the way I look at my career and the impact I have on my own happiness with regards to work. As I said, there are so many people I know who are right now, at this very second, looking to make a change and going for a job interview is not unlike going on a date. We preen and prance and fluff and truss all in the hope that the person sitting on the opposite side of the table will see something worth investing in. And while your skills have a massive role to play in this process, your confidence and your belief in yourself does too.

I am no HR expert but I know that when it comes to a job interview, what you wear is incredibly important. We judge people at first glance, as much as it sucks, we really do. When you meet a prospective employer for the first time, what you wear matters. It matters because it will influence their first impression of you. I have an interview outfit. I know that sounds a bit crazy, but I do. There is one particular dress I have worn to the last 3 job interviews I have had – I got each of those jobs by the way. It’s nothing fancy, just a black dress, stockings and boots. The reason why I love it is that I feel comfortable in it. I feel stylish. It fits me well. It doesn’t leave me feeling self-conscious or like I need to tuck or tug at anything. That confidence I feel in that dress translates into comfort and ease in my own skin during the interview.

My biggest bit of advice I could ever give anyone about to go off on a job interview is to wear something that makes you feel good, makes you look good and leaves you feeling confident. If you are a pants person, go with a great pair of trousers, if you are a dress person, chose something you know will look sensational on you. Research the company, look at their Facebook page, get a sense of what your future colleagues wear to work and try to match the tone.

Here are 12 top pics from Superbalist all under R200:

SHOP: Red dress | Black Turtle Neck Dress | Beige Ruffle Skirt | Pink Bell Sleeve Top | Yellow Asymmetrical Dress | Olive Green Ruffle Top | Black Pencil Skirt | Navy Ruffled Sleeve Dress | Beige Wrap Skirt | Black Cold Shoulder Top | Red Wrap Skirt | Emerald Green Pleat Top |

Now that you’ve aced the outfit, there is one more bit of advice I would like to share. Again, I am not an HR expert, but I have sat on both sides of the interview table often enough to know that the job interview is as much for the candidate as it is for the prospective employer. This is your chance to figure out if this move is actually right for you and the best way to do that is to ask leading questions. In my experience, there are 5 questions that do this job perfectly:

  1. Who does this role report to? Asking this right upfront will give you a clear indication of the level at which you will be employed and also sets the tone for the follow-up question.
  2. How would you describe your management style? This is so NB. I cannot thrive in an environment where there is a lot of micromanaging and hand-holding. I have over 10 years’ experience at what I do and I need to feel valued enough to be left alone. I always ask this question because it gives me a great idea of what I am in for with a potential line manager.
  3. Is this a new role? If this role is new it is quite likely that it will come without a handover and will require you to be quick thinking and a self-starter if you like a lot of structure, you will need to define your terms of reference clearly for newly established roles. It’s something to be aware of.
  4. What would you most like to see the successful candidate achieve within the first 3 months of starting this role? Again, very NB for me. I need to know right up front what my probation period will be measured on, this will allow me to prioritise how and what I learn first and will also give a very clear idea of what my goals should be starting out.
  5. How is the Cost to Company structured? If you are used to certain things like pension and medical, it will suck to get your appointment letter and find out those things don’t feature. Ask upfront.

Guys, good luck. Let us know if you are heading off to any interviews and if you use our tips, tell us how they worked out for you?

We are so focused on getting back on track and GETTING SHIT DONE for the rest of the year. Kim has just started a new job, I am heading back to the gym, we have promised to get back to content planning and scheduling so we don’t forget out this little blog of ours. It feels great to re-evaluate and reset those goals. What are some of the things you are still hoping to achieve this year? Have you sat down and evaluated your goals? Have you had to readjust them? Tell us in the comments!

Nikki
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1 Comment

  1. I couldn’t agree more about the question on management style. It’s something u realized while in my current, third job. I wish I had asked this question. I’m struggling with being micro-managed and how to approach changing that. But alas, we push on. Great post ladies 🙂

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