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Tips for Surviving Interviews

 Tips for Surviving Interviews

Interviews. Much like dancing in a circle of naked women under the full moon and sacrificing a man in exchange for earthly gain, they’re a necessary evil. But unlike the aforementioned ritual, interviews can be really stressful. (And there’s generally much less naked dancing.) If only someone had some – idk – small ideas to help us get through them….you know, just little tidbits of advice – like  tips! Wait. Hold on. That’s the title of this blog, so I guess we do. 

Dress to Impress

I interviewed at Netflix once, and even though I was being grilled by a 25-year-old in ripped jeans and a zip up hoodie who was already on vacation in her mind and clearly hadn’t read my resume, I was dressed to the nines. Nope, I’ll go even further – I was dressed to the 9 ½ Weeks. (I did not keep my hat on, however. In fact, I didn’t wear a hat. My bad.) No matter what the streaming networks are wearing, you’ve got to put your best foot forward, in your best shoe, not to mention your best blazer, paired with pants or a skirt or placed on your shoulders, cape-like, over a dress. And if you’re a creative, go ahead with the high waisted shorts. This blazer goes with everything. And that means you can wear it to your second interview, and your third and your fourth, if they’re that tiring  – so it’s definitely worth having.  

Manage The Stress

One way to manage your stress is to be prepared. Make sure you research the company and the people who are interviewing you. Practice interview questions with a coach. Write lists of your accomplishments and the value you’ve added through all your hard work. And while, yes, I suppose that’s a great strategy, I recommend chugging a glass (or three) of wine before you go in. Just make sure to mention Chardonnay-nay, the amazing new perfume you’re wearing, at some point during the conversation. 

Grace Under Duress

I’ve always found that it’s optimal to leave your body and look down on yourself while you’re being asked the stupidest questions known to ladykind. Where do you see yourself in five years? Famous. What’s a challenge you faced and how did you overcome it? Coming to this interview, and charging the Uber to my current company.  Why do you want to work for this company? Money. Duh. And after it’s all over, and you float out in your blazer and whichever other fabulous suiting piece you’ve matched it with, reward yourself with another spritz of that new perfume. 


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