what to wear to a job interview?

A couple of weeks ago, a company contacted me on Xing. That’s the german version of Linked-In. I had been contacted a few times before. These other times, the jobs I had been contacted for, sounded really interesting to me. I would have definitely applied immediately, if only….. the job wouldn’t be at the other side of Germany! Three times I had a job offer for a great job, they were just 8 or 9 hours away from where I now live.

Of course that is not a problem, normally. Because I have moved a lot of times and I don’t mind… But I am really happy that me and my boyfriend have managed to live together now. We had a long distance relationship for years, a lot of years. So, I am really done with that and quite happy that at least that part of my life is finally steady. We had been travelling back and forth for years, so I am definitely through with that!

Although I couldn’t really apply to those jobs, it is of course, quite flattering that they “spotted” me. This  time, the company that had contacted me, was actually located in Hamburg, so that was great news. The funny thing was, that it was a position that I would not have thought about applying to myself. This is because of the responsibilities they wanted to give me and the financial aspect to it. I see myself as competent for this position, however, I think, there would be a lot that I would have to learn before I would feel confident enough to apply on a job as an account manager myself.

Since this job was in Hamburg and they thought I might be competent enough, I decided that I am competent enough. I wrote them back that I was interested and then I got a call back. We made out a date for the interview and that was it.

So now I had to prepare for a job interview! Since they had reached out to me, there was less of a pressure for me… I’m really nervous before I have a job interview… It’s hard to be prepared for every question they could ask  and I think it’s almost impossible to have all the information that’s required for the job… So I try to focus in my preparation to the information that I think will be most important. Still, at every job interview, I have the feeling, there is still information missing. To make this feeling less important and to increase my chances in the job interview, I also focus on other points…

Feeling confident, can make a really big difference in an interview. So to avoid last minute stress, I will always start preparing a job interview in time, not like my college exams 😉 I will try to get enough sleep the days before, eat some healthy food, get relaxing moments and eat a good breakfast. So, basically I’m giving my body and mind some extra attention to feel good about myself. This works for me. An important ritual before job interviews is also to think about what to wear!

BlouseI shouldn’t just feel confident, my clothes should tell my future boss the same. What I wear at a job interview is different every time. It depends on the contact I had before with the company and the information that I already have about the company. This time the contact I had before was pretty informal. I wasn’t sure what to wear yet and looked at several outfits in my closet. I don’t always go to my closet physically, I can also go through my closet in my mind.

blazerSo often I will start thinking about what to wear, the same day that I hear about the interview. All kinds of blouses, blazers, pants, skirts and dresses wonder through my mind. The days before I have the interview I will already form some outfits. If I have enough time, I will probably try some of them or all of them on. What I will finally wear I decide on the night before or on the day of the interview. So this is what my job interview outfit looked like this time:

I put my hair up. Wore an off-white blouse with a bow; a dark blue blazer with a sailor touch to it; dark blue jeans and dark blue heels. What do you think about it? I think I looked great! The outfit totally helped building up my confidence in the hours before the interview…

The conversation went well. Still I didn’t have a a good feeling about it afterwards. It was the lady/girl I had the interview with. I don’t think we connected. My feeling was right. I called after I hadn’t heard of them after a week. The person that was in charge of the applications wasn’t available. So the same night I got an e-mail saying: thanks for the interview but you don’t match our expectations… Of course that’s not what they wrote. But it is what they meant.

Actually I’m not sad, I already knew when I left the building. I’m happy that I can now focus on the online marketing course that starts the second week of april! I am really looking forward to that! Still: giving yourself enough attention before an interview can really help to convince a company, because you really do feel more confident because of that. The right outfit is a big part of that! 🙂

~Live your life like a story worth living…

Living in Hamburg

Saturday night my boyfriend and I met up with some friends of ours. Since they are new in Hamburg as well, we have this in common. That’s why it’s also great to see things in Hamburg together and discover new bars and restaurants. This Saturday we decided to meet up at “Planten und Blomen“, a big park in the city. We wanted to visit the water light concert together.

Me and my boyfriend had already visited one of the water light concerts last year. On the day we had moved into our apartment, we decided to go into this park, to cool down a bit, from all the hard work. We got help from a friend of ours who really helped us out there. If it hadn’t been for him,  we would have been dragging boxes, chairs and other stuff up to the third floor until past midnight!

So, we took our hero for a relaxing walk in one of the many parks that Hamburg has. Just as we were wondering about where all those people that were walking in the park at this time in the evening (almost 22:00) came from, I remembered about this concert. I had read about it before, on the website of Hamburg Marketing, and been wanting to go there. But of course, on a day like this, we didn’t think about activities like this one. So as we got to the pond, a women voice was just announcing the first part. It was a wonderful surprise at that September night…

Last Saturday we decided to go and see the concert again with our friends. There was so much rain during  the last weeks and even during that same day, that we had taken our umbrella’s to keep us from becoming a part of the water light concert. Miraculously the sky went blue, just an hour before the concert started. We had a clear sky during the whole concert.

I really love open air concerts. It’s like there’s magic in the air. Although it’s not the same as being there life, I wanted to share the final piece that was played last Saturday with you. Enjoy!

So these are open air, free concerts. The are held ever day during the summer season. For more information you can check out the website.

After 30 minutes the concert ended and we decided to continue our evening in a nice bar. We sat outside, because it is summer and it was not even raining… At some point in the evening us ladies got cold though. So we decided to have a drink at our house and at 2 in the morning we decided to say our goodbyes and go to sleep. We took our friends home by car (since we hardly drank any alcohol during the whole evening), so they could go to sleep a lot sooner than they would using public transport at this time of the night…

After this night I had the feeling of being refilled with energy and positive thinking. It’s was great being with friends, catching up, having fun and seeing the water light concert together. For me, this is what life is about. This is also what keeps me going and gives me positive energy to struggle with some harder things in life again.

What gives you positive energy in life? What keeps you going? Let me know in a comment…

 

~Live your life like a story worth living…

Hard work and the joy of living

So last weekend I working, or actually volunteering, at the Hanseatic days 2012. It’s tradition lies in the Hanseatic League, that supported each other by exchanging goods. This year the Hanseatic days were held in Luneburg. Such a wonderful city, with all kinds of old buildings, streets and alleys. I visited the city 1,5 months ago for the first time, together with my boyfriend. At that time, we already fell in love with the city. This time we saw more old buildings, more alleys and a city that was living as it should be.

The different feeling in the city was also caused by the Hanseatic days. As there were many people visiting the city because of it. It was beautiful weather. We had a lot of sun during this days, a little bit of rain, which cooled the city down and lot’s of happy people.

I was working at the Hanseatic market, where all the different hanseatic cities presented themselves. At the same time there was a music festival held, throughout the whole centre of the city. The market was held around the town hall and the music that was playing at the town hall square, made our days a little brighter.

I used to do an internship for a Dutch Hanseatic city and now they asked me and a friend of mine, who also was an intern there, if we wanted to come along and help. We worked together with two former colleagues and had a good time together. My boyfriend was helping us as well, for at least half of the time, so that was really great.

After the first day, my feet were very sore, and I asked myself how I would be able to still work for two more days. The bathtub and a good night of sleep were my saving! We had so much fun during those days. It was great to work with nice people, enjoy the city during te breaks, in the morning and in the evening. It was great having dinner together. We had a lot of fun in the hotel swimming pool, that was open even at night. It also was heaven for our feet that had been standing for another day. What a great view the swimming pool had! The hotel I can recommend if you have the budget to pay it from: Hotel Bergström.  You can also enjoy the very small pool, but with a wonderful view.

After these few days, I was worn out. But the hard work and the fun moments with nice colleagues and friend were definetly worth it. If I’m not working/volunteering at the Hanseatic Days next year, I will definetely visit! There was so much more to see, listen and experience, next year I’ll try to get even more out of these days. It’s been worth all of the time and energy that I’ve put in it. Let’s do it again next year!

An insighht in Luneburgg

~Live your life like a story worth living…

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