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How to rock your job interview

We all have been there. We probably will go there again. The well feared job interview.

Below, I am going to share my 7 (yes, seven!) foolproof tips for you on how to r o c k that job interview and actually get your dream position. Without futher do, let’s head into the magic.

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Prepare: how to get there, how long it takes you….

Nothing is worse than being late on the day of your interview. Which kind of a first impression is that going to leave? How would you feel, if you were waiting for a possible candidate and they would be soooo late. Right, you would think they are not reliable, responsible or well, punctual.

To avoid that, preparation is key. Depending on if I am going to take my car or the public transport I do the following steps.

  • Google how to get there and how long it would take me without any obstacles (for example: traffic jam or missing a bus/train)
  • Add another half an hour and take off at home even earlier. This half an hour works as a buffer in case something unexpected happens (for example you not finding the address right away)
  • Optional: if you have the time and freedom: Drive there beforehand just to see where it is. So on the day the interview takes place you already know exactly how to get there.

Show them: How they can benefit from you

Oh what a crucial step in rocking your interview. Make them see why they need YOU in their team. This is the time to show up and present yourself. See it as kind of marketing yourself to a new customer aka your future employer.

  • Why are you the right fit for their company?
  • How does your education contribute to your knowledge?
  • What practical experiences do you have that are helpful for the position?

Maybe you are applying for a job that is outside of your usual industry. Showing them why you are the most amazing fit for them is even more crucial here. Try to use your knowledge and experiences and transfer them to situations that could happen in your new industry.

Let me give you an example: Imagine I would like to apply for a PR job. Right now, I work in a hotel, which means I am really good at dealing with people, talking on the phone and I know what it means to work in a service-based industry. My experiences so far are probably going to help me in PR when dealing with clients, journalists, talking on the phone, presenting in front of a larger group of people or convincing people.

Once they see how much you can benefit to their company, they might not even care anymore about your “lack of experience” in that certain industry.

Gather all necessary information about your possible future employer

Wouldn’t you be impressed if someone who wants to work for you knows all the little details about your company and what it stands for? I would! It shows that you are not only interested in the offered position but also in the company itself. It is so important that an employee identifies with the vision and standards of a company, so that the applicant not only becomes a simple employee but also an ambassador of the brand that is the company (Want to know more about that topic? Who would be interested in a blogpost about human resource topics? Comment below!)

Gathering all necessary information also works in your favour when answering the questions from your interview partner. I am sure they will ask questions like:

  • Why are you a great fit for the company?
  • What made you apply for our company?
  • Why do you like our work?
  • How did you find us?

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

Your clothes should at all times be

  • … neat and clean
  • … appropriate
  • … fitting your body type

Aside from that, my first advice is that you should be wearing something that suits the position that you are applying for. In the finance sector for example your look should probably be more strict and within a certain decent colour range. The dress code might be a little bit less strict when applying for a creative job.

Have a look at the company’s website and social media accounts where you can maybe have a look at pictures of employees or something similar so you can get a feeling what to wear.

Once you have found out what type of style is appropriate, find pieces out of that range that fit your personality and body type. This is important so you can feel confident and act convincing and authentic. Nobody wants to interview and hire someone who obviously doesn’t feel good and confident in their appearance.

Not only choose something that fits your body type but also fits your unique personality. I know clothes aren’t everything still they are a great way so show your personality.

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Be unapologetically yourself

This tip might be my favourite. Yes, it is. Through personal experiences I can tell you that the everyday life at work can be so hard and unfulfilling when you have to hide away who you really are. Don’t hide your beautiful and stunning self because that is who you are and that is who they will get. They will get you and your personality. So why hide away? Sooner or later, they will see the real you. Sooner or later, you will not be able to nor want to hide away what makes you you.

Use your uniqueness.

Show them.

If they love you = AMAZING. That is a company that you would want to work for.

If they don’t = SCREW THEM. Enough said.

Don’t be afraid to be totally honest + Ask ALL the questions

Are you currently working in a company and every day you discover something new? But, not in a good way. Suddenly all the negative sides of that company and its people seem to appear. The things you thought would for sure be fine. And you didn’t bother to ask or you were too shy. This is the biggest mistake you can make. Never ever just assume something. Of course, the company wants to present itself in the best way possible. If you don’t ask the uncomfortable questions, then they won’t tell you about it. A job interview is the best opportunity for you to get real and raw. Ask all the uncomfortable questions so you won’t have to face unpleasing surprises once you start working there. Make them show you who they really are and what they stand for. Is there anything that is important for you? Working hours, benefits, vacation days, vision of the company, your workspace… ASK THAT QUESTION!

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Weekly wisdom #1: The truth about dreaming big

Every week I will do a post called ‚weekly wisdom‘. Here I’ll talk to you about one topic that stuck with for the whole week. And with my latest obsession of podcasts growing even more, I thought I needed to write down the things I’ve learned so far. So I can always have a look at them from time to time. What better way to do that than to share it with you at the same time?


Dreams. Dreams about starting your own business. Dreams about moving out. Dreams about studying something else. Dreams about becoming famous. It doesn’t matter. Dreaming big and actually doing everything possible to soon live those dreams is … so scary. This kind of scary that makes you want to go back to your comfort zone and pretend that you’re totally fine with your life the way it is right now. Because it isn’t that scary.

But, like… why? Why are those heartfelt dreams scaring the hell out of us? Making us settle for a less fulfilling, but more comfortable life? Btw. a less fulfilling life is not always more comfortable, don’t you think?  It is a mystery. I mean, dreaming big is working as a motivator to make them a reality so you can live a happy life. And still, it scares the hell out of us.

 

1. Just the fact that you want something, is a good-enough reason to do it + don’t wait for permission to do it

Out of my own experiences I can tell you that hearing other people’s opinions on your own dreams can work like a wrecking ball (did you just imagine Miley Cyrus, like I did? Hahah). We are all different and every one of us is unique. There is no other you … and that is your super power! Cliché but so true. Logically, our dreams and reasons to go after them are unique, too. That is the most amazing thing.

I made the mistake to expect others to understand my reasons. Most of the times they didn’t and that is okay. What is not okay is letting you stop that from pursuing them. If your heart is jumping faster when you think of your dreams... that is reason enough to go for it. I know, having the permission of someone – like your parents, your friends and your partner – is a great support and making the uncomfortable path to pursuing your dreams easier. Relationships might get twisted and change because those loved ones just don’t get why you’re doing something and that is okay. Because: the most important relationship you have in your life is the one with yourself.

 

You want something? Just do it. Trust your gut.

 

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2. Regret is an eternal question you are never going to get the answer to

One of my favourite quotes of all time says: Regret is what we should fear most. And this is so true. Rejections is an answer. Failure is an answer. But regret will be an eternal “what if” that is going to haunt you for the rest of your life. I am not kidding here.

A few years ago, I met someone and out of fear I was holding back all the feelings I had for this person. And two years later, I still think of this person and wonder what could have been if I wouldn’t have been so scared. All those ‘what ifs’ are daunting. This is an example of my private life but it can be applied to every situation in your life.

Don’t let that happen to you. Try to develop a mentality that includes the mantra ‘Better an ops, than a what if’ and live after it. If you apply this on a daily basis you’ll be surprised how life gets so much more enjoyable.

 

Don’t let your doubts and fear stop you, do it anyways.

 

3. You don’t have to live your life the way others excpect you to

Your parents, your friends and society. What do they all have in common? They have expectations on how they think your life should look like. Especially our friends and family only want the best for us and they have a certain perception of what “the best” looks like. You know, sometimes their version of “the best” isn’t what you want in life. And that is OKAY!

Still, even if we know that it is okay to live up to our own expectations we feel bad. Bad because we disappointed them. Bad because they only meant to do well and we didn’t take their advice. It is hard to shake that feeling of remorse off. It takes time and practice. And communication. Talk to your loved ones and tell them about your expectations and what you want in life. Show them how happy it makes you.

 

Live up to your own expactations. Because this is YOUR life. Live it like you want to.

 

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Life after university Girlbossheaven

Life after University – 5 tips on how to figure out what to do

Girl, with my after uni life approaching so quickly, I get all the feels! One day I get super excited and dream of my life after uni. And then there are days when the fear kicks in. It is like a roller coaster. I know it won’t stop until I finally get a clearer vision of what I’ll actually be doing as a job.

Right now, it is nothing more than talking about all the possibilities. At the beginning, solely talking about it is fine. It helps me a lot to get rid of unrealistic ideas and to get my thoughts in order. After a while though, talking is nothing more than…talking.  Let’s head into a few  that already have helped me to get a little bit further in my decision process (not particular order).

1. Open up a profile in a professional network

Like for example LinkedIn, (for my German followers) Xing , Campusjäger.

You have to show up and become visible to possible employers and head hunters so they can find you and know that you exist. No one will ever discover your talent and your knowledge, if you don’t show it to them. The best way to get discovered (and to discover) is to open up a profile in one of these professional networks. They are not like Facebook where you can upload any picture or add the cousin of your best friend’s childhood friend to your contact list. This is like your online business card. Add every possible work experience to your profile so companies become interested in you. Anyways, those networks are also working the other way round: you can find possible employers and easily find out what positions they have open right now. You do not have to apply to or follow these companies right away but you might discover a few unknown – never heard of before – companies.

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2. Read magazines or articles/listen to podcasts about your industry or the industry you want to work in

How are you supposed to know what industry or what job you see yourself in, if you do not have first-hand information about how the inside of a branch looks like? Often we do not know anybody who works in our desired industry, so we have to get our hands on information ourselves.  The best way to do so? Read specific magazines, listen to podcasts, read blogs, watch videos or the good old fashioned way: google it!

 

3. Talk to people in real life and online

Now, if you are lucky enough to have a family member or friend in your life that can help you with your decision, that is amazing. You’re lucky! Use that gift and squeeze every possible advice out of them. The same works online. You do not necessarily have to meet this person in real life, maybe just chat with them over Instagram or Whats App. It doesn’t matter, as long as you get active and start collecting information and advice actively.

4. Apply for jobs that interest you and see if it works out

What if I don’t get selected for the position? What if I am not experienced enough? Yes, what if? I guess you will never find out…. Oh no, wait. Of course you can get answers to all those questions … by simply applying for a position. Don’t put yourself in the positions where those “what ifs” are starting to haunt you. You should better take it from me when I tell you “Better an oooops, than a what if”. You don’t have to get all scared that you are not the perfect fit for a certain position. There are high chances that the still give you the job because you are a great fit for the company and the team. So leave the guess work aside and just try it.

 

5. Get a broad vision of what job you could see yourself in

Yes, I know. How are you supposed to get a vision of the job you see yourself in when your thoughts are all over the place? It is similar to every other life situation: just take the first step. The first step is always the hardest. At the beginning you – for sure – will not have a structured picture but it will develop over time. You may start by:

  • Writing down aspects that you value in a job
  • Making a list of jobs that are of interest for you
  • Writing down the names of leading companies in your industry or companies that seem like a good employer to you
  • Imagine the city you want to live in – and that is a realistic option for you
  • Decide whether you won’t to dive right in (full time job) or just taste the water (traineeship)

Leave me a comment down below, if you find these tips helpful or if you have anything to add! Fingers crossed we all find a profession that sets our soul on fire because what is worse than to have a job that you absolutely hate? You know what sets my soul on fire? Click here (Don’t worry this link leads you to a blogpost of mine)

Winter wonderland

New beginnings + Update secret project

I tried to take pictures that would match the topic, but sadly I didn’t have enough inspiration to get more than a few shots of the (now gone) snowy landscape in my area. Anyways, this topic is something I cannot stress enough and that I am passionate about. Let’s start….

Winter wonderland dreams

Buying a new planner, writing down goals for the next year, booking a holiday … You are getting excited for the upcoming year and new chances to make 2018 the best year of your life yet. I get it, there is something so magical about the new year.  You feel like you can close the last chapter of the year 2017 for good and start fresh and with a clean slate. All those projects that you wanted to start in 2017 but didn’t, now you feel like you have the opportunity and willpower to give it another shot. That is great! I hope you succeed in whatever project your have set your focus on. Let me ask you one question though.

Why do you wait until the next year to start your project and fulfil your dreams?

Unless you can literally only start your project next year (new job, new apartment, moving to a new city…) there is no reason to wait for the clock on New Year’s Eve to turn to midnight to get started.
I believe that we let so many opportunities pass us by just becausewe didn’t have the courage to get started right away. Something is holding us back or scaring us so much that we just put it off until the next year.

Let me ask you another question.

How can you put off your dreams, goals and projects? How can you put them on the waitlist?
If they are dear to your heart then you just don’t put them off so easily. So why do you still do it?

Remember my blogpost when I talked about a super cliché quote? Read more here. I know the following is not a real quote, but I’ll put it here anyway.  Sounds super cliché too?

Quote dreams

Take a quite moment and read it. Think about it.

Waiting for Friday to enjoy the week?
Waiting for summer to finally start working out?
Waiting all life for the right moment to actually live?

Your answer to all of these questions is no? Then why do you wait for the new year to fulfil your dreams?

Ok, I think you get what I want to say here. Now do yourself and me a favour and start.right.now!
Last year around this time, I made myself the promise not to wait for some magical day, event … to just do it. Just do the things I want to do. Just to do the things I was scared to do before. Just do those things and not let anything or anyone hold me back. And guess what? This promise made 2017 a really amazing year, which makes me excited for more!
Follow me and do the same! Make 2018 your best year yet! … and start today, on the 23rd of December 2017.

Tell me about your dreams and goals in the comments below.

Winter wonderland dreams

I hope that I can post one more blogpost before the new year. I am back at work since Friday and it takes up all of my energy. Thinking about 2018 I get really excited. Like reaaaaaaallly excited. I have so much more to say and share with you. But for now….

Stay safe and be happy. Enjoy the holidays. Be yourself and do your thing.


UPDATE ON THE SECRET PROJECT.

Am I annoying you yet? Forgive me. You can relax now and enjoy the rest of December. The news will not be revealed before January. But that’s ok. I am still so stocked that this is happening. Some roads might be messy but somehow they let you end up where you are supposed to be.

Winter wonderland dreams