“When one door closes, another opens.”Alexander Graham Bell
Guys, I am trilled to share that I start a new job tomorrow! I spent the entire month of March unemployed, which truly was amazing (mostly because I accepted my offer weeks ago, so I didn’t have to worry about my employment status for long), but I am looking forward to going back to work and getting back into a routine. After the last nearly seven years working at an amazing company, I was so sad to see that door close and the end of that chapter of my life. However, I am so very excited for this new door to open and for this next new chapter.
I was at my last job since I graduated college so when it became time to start looking for something new, I quickly found myself extremely overwhelmed. Job searching is seriously a full time job you guys! Once I had an idea of what I was looking for and nailed down my resume, I applied to a position that looked super appealing to me in so many aspects (responsibilities, the company, location, benefits, etc). But it wasn’t until I was getting ready for my first face-to-face interview that I realized I was a little unprepared. After all, it had been seven years since my last job interview.
Recently, I solicited advice from my Instagram followers to answer a question I had about what kind of bag or purse to bring along with me on the interview. I got a flood of responses from people on that topic but with other general interview tips as well. Since it was all very beneficial to me, I wanted to compile the tips I got and share them with you.
The Bag Question
My initial question to my followers was what kind of bag do I bring to the interview? Normally, I either carry my LV Neverfull MM tote bag or a smaller purse/clutch for going out. I wasn’t sure if my tote would be too flashy or just too much. But I didn’t think a small purse would really make sense, seeing as I can’t fit that much in it. I also didn’t know if I should bring a padfolio – honestly I wasn’t sure if that was still the norm.
The responses I got to those questions were essentially to bring my tote, since it is what I would most likely bring into work every day, and to bring a padfolio in my tote with extra copies of my resume. Thanks guys!
Some other tips I received from my followers:
- More important that what you look like is the questions you ask. Make sure you have good questions!
- Research about the company and incorporate your research in the questions you ask them.
- Bring a notebook with your pre-written questions and to use it to take notes.
- Only take handwritten notes, i.e. don’t use your phone or a tablet to take notes.
- You are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you! Always keep that in mind.
- When asked situational questions, reference your job and title at the beginning of your answer so they can easily reference your resume.
- Bring touch up essentials (blush, lip gloss/stick, floss, etc).
- Bring a bottle of water in case they don’t offer you anything.
- Make sure to get a business card from each person in the company you meet with so you can send them a thank you follow-up. Also, handwritten thank you notes are still appreciated.
- Relax and just be yourself. Confidence is important!
For my interview I made sure to have a long list of questions, some that I asked every person I met with, and others that I was selective about depending on their roles in the company. I brought my bullet journal that had my pre-written questions listed out and used that to take notes as well. I didn’t end up needing the copies of the resume, but it’s always good to be prepared!
Also, one last tidbit I want to share is something I learned myself during this process. Don’t be afraid to ask the recruiter you are working with for help or guidance. They are a huge resource available to you and I think often times people forget that the recruiter is an advocate for them and can and is most likely willing to help you.
If you are interviewing now or will be soon, good luck, you totally got this!