Interviewing Advice

Similar to most college students home for the summer, I have been looking for a seasonal job for a while now. Luckily, I had an interview yesterday with Victoria’s Secret Pink. Last summer I worked for Nordstrom, which was a great experience! I learned a ton considering the busyness of the store during it’s Anniversary Sale. I thought I’d change it up this year and try for some other retail stores to add to my resume. I was a little nervous about the interview after I got a call from Pink. They told me it would be a group interview, which I had never done before. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get a word in considering there would be other people there with me. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually easier than a normal interview! I want to share my thoughts if any of you are going through the same processes, which I’m sure at least some of you are.

I was in the biggest interview group of five. I met the girls beforehand and we chatted a little bit. They were all very sweet so getting to talk to them helped settle the nerves you get before interviewing. When we finally sat down to begin, the interviewer asked very general interview questions and we simply went down the line so everyone could get their chance to answer the questions. It was a very friendly environment. Even though I did feel a little nervous, I think that’s normal but it was a very positive experience for me. So if you have a group interview coming up, don’t be nervous at all. If anything, I enjoyed it more than one on one interviewing. We were all in the same boat and all probably feeling the exact same way. I think that’s important when you’re young and trying to get a first or second job. You’re not the only one feeling a little uneasy or worrying whether or not you’ll get the job. If I could give the simplest advice, it would be to just be yourself and be excited about the company you’re interviewing for and enthusiastic about working there. Passion is a good quality in a new employee.

So without getting into an even longer rant, I’ll end it here. Don’t be nervous about group interviews or even one on ones. Be prepared and research the company or questions they may be asking. I know it’s hard to fit everything about yourself into a half hour but if you’re determined and you get the job in the long run, you’ll be totally happy. Good luck to all of my college friends and followers! You can do it!

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