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…

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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…

Not as bad as I thought…

So yesterday I had a conversation about my thesis with my supervisor.

Shortly before that, I was making myself nervous about what she was going to say. I felt the same tension that I felt last Friday, when I first heard, that I didn’t make it. It didn’t get better when I was waiting for her at the desk. She was talking to some other student, of course that made me curious… He obviously didn’t make it as well. I could conclude that, since he was telling my (or our) supervisor that if he would have picked a more easy going teacher to supervise him, he was sure to have had a better grade. I think he was right. I think that this was the same with me. Only I didn’t pick her as my supervisor, I simply let them pick one for me.

Anyway, right or wrong, we were both in the same situation and had to deal with it. Let’s face it, it’s not her fault that WE didn’t make it, even though I didn’t know exactly, what I had done wrong in my rapport.

So I’m waiting for her and listening to them discussing about why he didn’t get a better grade and why she had to grade him like she did. I don’t think it’s a good tactic to criticise your supervisor too much, especially when she still has to look at your thesis again for a final judgement. When they finally finish their conversation , she sees me and tells me to wait for a bit.

She always tells me to wait for a bit, so I just sit there and wait for her… Thinking about all the things I could’ve done wrong and the loads of criticism that I will have to take in a few minutes. This is making me nervous even more. At one point I even get tears in my eyes, because I’m not sure if I can really improve my thesis even more, since I had already taken up all of her earlier advices to get to the result that left me at this point.

After I just wiped of the two tears that were at the point of falling down my falling along my nose, my supervisor steps outside her office and gives me my thesis report. “You can already take a quick look at it if you like, I just have to get something to drink before we sit down and talk about this”. And again she leaves me. I was getting used to the feeling of waiting for her, but at least now I could look at what I did wrong.

She came back pretty quick this time and sat down to talk to me. From that moment on, everything was better than I had been picturing it before… She was nice to me, asked open questions and was trying to explain to me how I could improve my thesis. She even gave me one practical hint and openly said that if i’d done this in the report, she would’ve probably have given me a better grade (this meant I would’ve just made it).

Since she told the other guy 30 minutes before that she could not tell a student if a thesis was going to be good enough if he handed it in, this was a big hint that I should take. Of course I will also follow up her other feedback. But knowing in the back of my head, that when I really improve my thesis with all the feedback she gave me, it would most likely succeed this time, that was giving me a lot of power and confidence to try it for one more time.

Not so sad any more at the end of the conversation I said goodbye and thanked her for her good advice. This was a good start for the last phase of my thesis.This time for real! I’ll keep you posted on the process and the results!

By the way, she even made a compliment about the cover, she really liked it! So I guess I’ll use the exact same cover for the final version of my thesis, maybe I’ll even find something to top this cover, that would make a really good impression!  🙂

~Live your life like a story worth living…

First post

Although I’ve got a positive view on life, today I couldn’t find this positive feeling.

I just got back my thesis that I’ve been working on for a long time… I guess it just wasn’t good enough… I wouldn’t say it’s a masterpiece myself. Still, for all the work, sweat and tears I put in it, I really hoped for a better result than this…  What a sad day this is for me…. My heart just sank when I heard about the result. This would mean more work, more literature, more stuff I don’t like to think about anymore… It’s been long enough that I’ve been working on this theme. All I want is to finally start my life!

For me, finishing my Bachelor-degree in Communications is just a formality. In my mind I’m already finding a job and working. Because I’m ready for that now! Ready to start a real job, have responsibilities, find creative solutions and work towards a practical goal.

Life doesn’t mean you should just work, go to school and do only  things the world expects you to do. I learned to appreciate the small things in life. Even before my mother died, when I was 18, she taught  me to respect the world that we live in and everything that is part of it. She showed me how to love life, even though it can be tough, painful and unfair. This is what I’m trying to live up to, ever since.

Today however, I felt that life is tough, painful and very unfair! Will I ever finish this thesis? Will I get my Bachelor-degree in the end? Some of my friends make it look so easy… Compared to them I feel a bit dumb at the moment. Am I just not getting it, or am I just having bad luck and do I just need to give it a 100% one last time?

This day was a sad day for me, I will be sad until I go to bed.

Tomorrow I’m finding back my positive energy. I need that, to finish my thesis, to finally get my Bachelor-degree! On Monday I will get some more information on what I did wrong. Let’s hope I can work with this information, towards a Bachelor-degree worthy thesis…

For now, good night! Have a productive, inspiring and satisfying weekend.

~Live your life like a story worth living…

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Thesis deadline

Deadline for my thesisSeptember 6th, 2012
Will I make it in time; is it going to be good enough this time?