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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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…

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?