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7 Tips to Stand out at an Interview
Now is the season where you might be thinking about changing your job to follow your passion .. or if you’re a student, it’s time to look for an internship to spend your summer! & even though it’s been a while, I can still remember how nerve-wrecking interviewing for a new job or internship can be .. How are you supposed to make an impression amongst hundreds of other applicants?
As most of you know I run a full service production company called “Chriselle Inc”, where we produce content not only for our own channels but for other brands as well. We run real lean and mean- I have a small staff of 6 people and 2 interns. So as you guys can imagine I’ve personally interviewed many girls in the past to build our team to get to where it is at today. When I’m interviewing there are specific things that I always look for… some may be obvious, and some may not be. So today I’ll be sharing some tips on not only how to feel confident, but also how to stand out and ace your interview!
1. Be prepared
This may sound obvious, but you don’t understand how many girls I’ve seen who just were not prepared. Always do your research! There are simple questions I ask , and I could immediately tell if they have done their research or not. Look up the company’s history and take note of the projects & initiatives they have worked on in the past.
Always bring 2 copies of your resume, one for yourself and one for the interviewer. You might have applied online & sent them a virtual copy, but in person most likely your interviewer will be taking notes on paper. Show them that you’re prepared by offering them a copy (even if they might have already printed it out beforehand!), and that way when you are going over your resume, you also have a copy to look at during the interview.
Bring a notebook or ipad along to take notes (I personally ALWAYS have a journal on me so I can always take notes wherever I’m at). This shows that you are organized, prepared, and engaged. Remember, it’s always the smallest of things that make the biggest difference.
PS. It makes a difference if you print your resume on a nicer paper. It’s all in the details!
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2. Don’t underestimate an ironed classic white button-up
Interviews are just not the time to take risks and try out new trends. I can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve interviewed a girl who shows up dressed either way too casually or way too trendy (think daisy dukes paired with crop tops.) Yes, I’ve encountered some girls who look like they are going to a rave. Of course, this can vary and it all depends on WHO you are interviewing with, but if you are unsure it’s always better to play safe than sorry. Regardless of whether it’s a position in the fashion industry or at an accounting firm, don’t underestimate a classic white button-up! It’s chic, effortless, and sophisticated. You can dress it up with a blazer or down with a pair of jeans, but when in doubt .. you can never go wrong with a white button-up!
3. Keep it minimal & keep it simple
Again, this all depends on WHO you are interviewing for. For instance if you are interviewing for a beauty company such as MAC, then you might want to vamp it up a bit, and take a risk with your makeup. But there’s something incredibly chic and classy about keeping your makeup simple & minimal. One of the reasons being that it doesn’t distract from your conversation with the interviewer.
I once had a girl who came in for an interview, and she was wearing this gorgeous sultry black lipstick color. She actually made the lipstick look extremely wearable and chic believe it or not! Long story short- her black lipstick rubbed off onto her teeth, and yup…I could NOT stop staring at her teeth. I was SO distracted that I completely forgot how the interview went. I eventually told her that she had something on her teeth, and she was so embarrassed… I felt so bad! Never underestimate the power of simplicity.
Lipgloss: Michael Kors | Lip balm: Glossier | Nail Polish: Essie | Eyeshadow: Laura Mercier
4. Do your Research
Now beauty tips aside .. let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Do your research. Before your interview, make sure you know about the company and what they’re all about. What are some of their big accomplishments this year? What are they best known for and how do they rank amongst their competitors? Having done your research beforehand allows you to have more things to talk about with your interviewer also!
5. Edit your resume
Everyone can list out their duties on their resume, but I find that writing your duties & it’s effect on the company you worked for has a way stronger impact. For example, if you designed a graphic for your old company, what was it’s impact? How many people saw that graphic? If an interviewer sees “designed graphics used for promotional purposes on banner homepage and drove spring sales by 10%” that’s infinitely more powerful than just “designed graphics.”
6. Ask Questions
At the end of the interview when they ask you if you have questions, always have at least 3 questions prepared! It shows that you are excited about the position, and that you want to get to know more about becoming a part of the company. And for bonus points, be attentive during the interview so that you can form questions out of what the interviewer tells you during the interview!
7. Establish a connection
At the end of the day, an interview is just people meeting people. Interviewers can go through many applicants a day .. so resume and qualifications aside, don’t be shy toward your interviewer! Make that personal connection that will allow them to remember you .. like bonding over living in the east coast, or travel abroad. This also goes into tip #4 for doing your research .. with all the social media networks we have now, don’t be scared to use them! Look at your interviewer’s Linkedin to get an idea of where they’re from if it’ll help you come up with things to talk about. But also on that note .. make sure your social media accounts are all on private or rated PG!
And there you have it .. my 7 tips for standing out in your interview! Do you guys have any tips to share with each other? Share it in the comments below!
Photography by Karen Rosalie
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Thanks Chriselle! I love this blogpost and the pictures! Just wondering, what kinda of questions should we ask in the end to get to know the company better without making it seem like we didn’t do our research? And a lot of interviewers ask for one or two weaknesses, does anyone recommend any weaknesses to say that doesn’t go under the “oh I’m a perfectionist” category?
You should definitely do your research about the company, and just form questions based off of what you find out! Like for example, you can ask “Your company expanded into the youtube space last year, what other forms of expansion are in the future plans for this company?”
As for weaknesses, be honest! And tell them what you’re doing to prevent it, like “I’m not the best at remembering things so that’s why I’m constantly taking notes.”
Hope that helps! xoxo
Although I don’t have the obligation too (luckily) I would love to find a job from September unto summer 2016 so these tips will sure be very useful to me, thank you so much !
Good luck to you!
Great article!!! 🙂
Love the tips especially the white shirt.
As a college student, I have to go through many interviews, whether it’s for jobs, internships, or club positions. Thank you so much for sharing… I definitely learned a lot from this! On another note, I have been following you for a very long time- youtube, blog, instagram- and I would love to intern in your company!!!! Are you hiring interns anytime soon?? I would love to apply… 🙂
Hi Aronne, yes we are! You can contact us via our contact page.
The tips are excellent, and you may wish to follow them yourself when it comes to your own writing. The following bit from section 5, “Everyone can list out their duties on their resume, but I find that writing your duties & it’s effect on the company has a way stronger impact. . .” would be better if you had written something like “Everyone can list their duties on their resume, but I find that writing about your personal productivity and its benefit to the company has more impact . . .” The short critique is that duties themselves don’t have an effect on the company, it’s how the employee fulfills those duties that will make a difference. Also, the world would be a better place if everyone could remember that “it’s” is not a possessive form but is the contraction for “it is.”
Yes, you are writing a general interest column, not a resume, but what better time to set a good example for your readers? If readers think this is a fussbudget comment, they should remember that correct and accurate language and usage go a long way in the application and interview process. Best of luck to all the job seekers. Check your grammar!
i have a job interview for a hotel waitress on wednesday so thank you these tips are just in time to help me! xx
Good luck to you Katie! xo
Loved this post!! Just what I needed as I graduate this weekend yay!!
Thank you love!
Classy but classic advice that leaves a positive expression.
I absolutely love and adore your blog 🙂 You share the most amazing tips <3
I am having a couple of interviews these days, and your tips are really helpful.
I think establish a connection is extremely important. Don’t be nervous, and let your personality shine through!
I do ask questions in interviews, but I wonder, is it bad to ask too many questions? I definitely asked more than 3…
Hi Vanessa! Good luck on your interview, 3 seems like a good number!
Awesome tips! And also make sure the teeth are pearly-white! Haha. A great smile is very powerful!
Love your tips Chriselle! I’m a student and I’m applying for internships soon so these tips will definitely prove to be useful!! I completely agree with all of them but I do have one more to add: BE PUNCTUAL. This means getting to the location at least 15 minutes early. Take into account your transport for that morning and also locating where the building is! Being late is never a good look and it really gives a negative impression to your interviewer. I was once late to my interview by 5 minutes because it was pouring rain that Monday morning and needless to say, my interviewer was not impressed and I didn’t get the job (but don’t worry I got another job at one its competitors later on and that time I was 20 minutes early!).
Thanks again for the tips Chriselle! Hope you’re enjoying NY!
These are really great tips, I’m currently applying for jobs so this is helpful.
THANKS FOR SHARING <3
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I’d like to add here that it’s always a good idea to arrive at the interview site at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule. This is to allow ample time for going through security or filling up forms or even just to pop into the restroom to empty your bladder so it doesn’t disrupt you during the interview. 🙂
To all jobseekers (including myself :)), goodluck! ^_^
Such helpful tips! A crisp white button down makes you look fresh and approachable. First impressions are key!
Woww, so helpful coming from an experience interviewer because I’m also in the process of applying for jobs!
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Great tips, Chriselle! Especially from someone who interviews!
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Just thank you!
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Love the tips!!! Also– ive ALWAYS believed in the power of a crisp white shirt! XOXO
Super helpful tips! I’m trying to look for work and I agree with all of these points a lot. Hopefully I get lucky soon!
Love these tips! I think the white shirt is the best, personally sometimes I do think to dress all the way up and sore of my styling skills but it can be distracting.
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Great article! But what are the questions we could ask the interviewer?
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Nice tips! White button-up shirt never hurt!;-) I think its important to look polished and show your poise from the outside too! Thanks for sharing!
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A perfect and informative way to a successful approach. Something we all have been there one time or another. Minimal is the key focus. I remember there was a time when I sat across this lady at the interview table and all I could think is I am being suffocated with the scent of her over heavily parfum, and the scent somehow grew stronger every minute during the conversation. Oh I just want to leave before I passed out. 🙂 Parfum scent is a very personal choice, therefore something that smells great on you, not necessarily translate into something great for other’s. Grazie for the tip posted. Useful resources and knowledge are a great tool to have for everyone. 🙂
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This could not have come at a better time. I have recently decided to follow my passion and enter the Fashion Industry full force. With internships I have to look for this fall, its nice to have somewhat of a guideline for interviews; which can be my weakest point. Thanks, great post!!