1. Create Your “Elevator Pitch”
You should take time to create and practice your “elevator pitch”. Your elevator pitch is a 30 second or less statement about why you should get the job. It’s basically a sales pitch to potential employers. It’s called an elevator pitch because you should be able to say it effectively in the time it would take you and have a quick conversation if you ran into a potential employer if you ran into them in an elevator!
2. Take Time to Study!
Do as much research on the potential employer as humanly possible. It’s always better to be too prepared than not prepared enough! Take the time to really work through the company website to get an idea of the company culture, job responsibilities and situations that may be affecting the company (ex. Is their business doing well? Are there any new company initiatives? Is there recent company news that’s all over the press?). Be sure to look at recent articles written about the company and the industry, in general.
3. Practice Makes Perfect!
You should search online and find a copy of the 100 most popular interview questions and practice answering many of them, preferably directly in front of a mirror while making eye contact with the mirror as you answer the questions.
This technique will make things so much easier for you in the interview, because certain interview questions always come up (such as, Why do you want to work here? Why should I hire you?) and you’ll be comfortable answering them because you’ve practiced!
4. Rock The Interview!
Be sure to remember your personal objectives of the interview once you get there. These objectives can include: proving that you can do the job, effectively communicating your points, building a connection with the interviewer and getting feedback from the interviewer.
During the interview, you will be asked about your qualifications, aspirations, and how you fit into the company culture, among other things. Your answers to the interviewer’s questions should apply why what you know/what you’ve done in previous jobs will make you an asset at the potential employer. You constantly need to be linking those things together during the interview (what have you done in the past/what skills do you have/ how can they be applied, in terms of this new potential career opportunity). Let the best side of your personality shine through and try to build a rapport with the interviewer, if possible.
5. Tell The Interviewer That You Want The Job!
If you truly want the job, do not walk out of the interview without saying so! Many people think that it is an unspoken, obvious thing that they want the job, so they do not actually say those words. Trust me, you should be sure to vocalize your interest in the job if you really want it. You can simply say to the interviewer that you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to meet with them to discuss the position, briefly explain why you are qualified and why you’re a good fit (this is where memorizing your pitch comes in handy!), and then politely ask what the next step will be.
6. Follow Up!
So, I might just be an old school kind of girl, but I really think that it can come across as unprofessional when someone does not send a thank you note/e-mail after an interview. Follow-up calls are also important, especially if you told the employer that you would follow-up with a call during your interview.
Best of luck getting your dream fashion job today!