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Interviewing 101: Girlboss Style
A lot of the work done at Directory during the holiday season is preparing students looking for temp work for their job interviews. Usually, they have no experience, and the roles are like milk, they have an expiration date. However, the vetting process, especially with our luxury clients, is still process driven. There is no second tier for Christmas help.
So how can someone who has never worked before ace their interview? We looked to the modern badass herself, Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of the modern feminist entrepreneurial bible, #GIRLBOSS. Her advice is to be prepared for the ‘real’ questions. What do you want out of your career? What do you like to do in your free time? Amoruso says be prepared to have smart answers to smart questions but also smart answers to dumb questions and that it doesn’t hurt to practice.
So even if your answer to the free time question is you binge watch Gogglebox while eating Wotsits, you should have a more appropriate answer prepared. She says the more interesting, memorable and even unusual the answer is the better. Why? Because even though your potential employer wants you to be a rockstar at your job, they are also considering the fact they need to spend a minimum of 8 hours a day with you.
Now to the strengths and weaknesses section of this gem. Amoruso calls it out. The team at Directory sees this all the time too. Insider tip, it’s annoying and no one believes it, so cut it out! What is then? What do you think is your biggest weakness? Is more than 70% of the time answered by turning a strength into a weakness. An example from #GIRLBOSS is the answer “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m always early to meetings”. This answer makes employers roll their eyes. (Hint: they are usually rolling them on the inside because they have mastered how to be professional). It reads as not being honest as well as lacking self-awareness. She says a #GIRLBOSS knows where she excels and where she’s got some work to do.
Beyond that are the basics #GIRLBOSS or not. Do your research. Understand the company and their values and what is expected of your role. Very often, impressions made during peak trade season have seen students go on and secure regular work with brands Directory represents. When you consider you’re going to be a student for the next 3-4 years, putting in the effort, showing initiative and become the best elf a luxury fashion Santa needs, is a smart and strategic career move.
For opportunities for seasonal temp work visit the Directory vacancies page via this link: https://www.directory-group.com/job/christmas-temporary-sales-advisors/