Up until recently, I hadn’t interviewed for a job in a few years. No one enjoys looking for employment, but it’s something that we all need to do from time to time. My friend recently had an incident at work and now she’s trying to sort MMI with her lawyers. Luckily she’s going to get compensation but things like this really put me off getting a new job. Sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and start applying. Before you even get to the interviews, you have to apply online with a resume. I hadn’t done this for a while, so thankfully my friend was on hand to recommend some resources that I might need. She told me about Cultivated Culture and their online resume templates, they would definitely come in handy. It can be difficult to know where to start with a resume, so having a template to follow is really helpful (download the templates here). After submitting some resumes, you should start hearing back from employers soon. Then, you’ll know whether or not you need to find an outfit!
In the last few weeks, I’ve gone for a couple of interviews at marketing agencies, looking to work as a Brand Ambassador this summer. Like I’ve already said that I haven’t had an interview in a while, I was determined to do my best. So I took it upon myself to research the sorts of questions I could be asked during the interview, as well as something similar to the Berke assessment solutions that a friend of mine recommended I looked into, which I appreciate greatly. Finding out why employers ask these sorts of questions allowed me to prepare even more than before. I think having an idea as to how you are going to answer questions can help make all the difference when it comes to your confidence. A role in marketing is the perfect job for me right now, because there’s a ton of flexibility, you meet a lot of people, and it’s fun! Toronto is home to countless agencies, so there’s a lot of opportunity to find work. The tricky part? Nailing the interview.
Interviewing is always going to be nerve-wracking, but one of the main things I worry about is what to wear. Isn’t that half the battle? Not only is your outfit a key component to your first impression, but it also impacts your overall confidence level. From something as simple as picking an outfit gets you in the right frame of mind for an interview. If you feel and look ready, then your mindset will match this, giving you a better chance of getting through this successfully. Another fact that I have been told previously is that employers look up potential employees online, through platforms such as an online phone book and social media accounts. So first impressions definitely counts for a lot.
When you decide what to wear to an interview, it’s important to determine the company’s culture, as well as the type of industry you’re interviewing for. While it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, you don’t want to look too stuffy or inappropriately casual. If you completely miss the mark on the outfit, you may give the impression that you’re not the right fit for the company.
Lucky for me, I’ve worked with marketing agencies before, so I knew the type of look I was going for. They dress casually, often in jeans. I was looking for one step “nicer” than jeans, so I ended up wearing linen pants with a light summer blazer. I made sure to add personality to my outfit with a printed blouse and a statement necklace. The outfit was so perfect that one of the women interviewing me complimented my outfit. (I later realized that I put together something similar to this look).
Oh – one last tip. Make sure that you do not go into an interview with chipped nail polish! One of my colleagues told me that nails are one of the first things she looks at when she interviews. Chipped nails show a lack of attention to detail. If you notice your nails are chipped when you’re getting ready to leave for an interview (like I did the other day), just take it off! Thanks, PK 🙂
Photography by Cory
What I’m Wearing:
Blazer – H&M (Similar)
Blouse – Joe Fresh (Same)
Pants – Urban Outfitters (Similar)
Sandals – Sam Edelman (Similar)
Tote – Gap (Similar)
What are your tips for dressing for a “casual” interview? I’d love some more ideas!