Tuesday, November 15

Interviewed!


That's right, folks. I am totally interviewable! 
I know, I know. Crazy, right? 
But yes, it has finally happened. 
(I use the word "finally" lightly because I didn't actually start applying 
for jobs until late-October, such are the benefits of severance.) 
I guess it's just that easy. 
You slave over your resume, hit near-mental breakdown writing your cover letters and then,
BLAMO! 
you are contacted for an interview. 
Easy, peasy.





When I get an interview lined up, I get a little nervous… and then, then I get a little intense. 

I first spend a couple days preparing - doing homework on the company, going over possible questions and answers, and speaking out loud to no one in particular as I pace around my apartment. 

Then, I go over possible outfits... and possible shoes. Shoes can be a key piece to completing any outfit AND when you are tall and interviewing, they become even more of an issue. When you interview at a shorter office in flats, it's not so bad - some people are short, some people are tall, everyone knows this. When you interview at a shorter office in heels, you become the Godzilla to their city. People's minds begin to wander as they think about how they will protect their young when you inevitably, and clumsily, begin crushing buildings. Now, realistically this doesn't happen often but it has happened enough to scare me off being too tall in an interview.

Next, I go for the grooming and accessory decisions. I never wear nail polish, usually wear my hair down, grab some panty-hose and skip the peep toes. I have to say though, growing your hair out while interviewing is tough. I never know what to do with my bangs or how to style my locks.  How do you girls, with long hair, wear it for an interview?

In any case, awkward bangs or not, the few interviews I've had lately have gone swimmingly - good things to come, I'm sure!

27 comments:

  1. hahahaha oh my goodness. You don't even KNOW the tall anxiety that I experience when I go for interviews at 6"3 in heels!

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  2. haha i bet! I end up around 6'1 in my sensible 3" heels... could not imagine sporting the 5'ers!

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  3. LOVE this! Very professional! Good luck!

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  4. Good luck with the interview!!


    I know how you ladies feel about the tall anxiety. I'm not even that tall (5'9") but I've been told that walking around at 6'1" in my heels for interviews gets super intimidating (past interviewers who I've become friends with told me I should probably stick to flats too). haha!

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  5. It's crazy! (although I like knowing that I'm not just imagining things.) tall ladies want to look good too! I'm like you katrina, 5'9" without heels... if only it was 5'9" with.

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  6. Great interview outfit! Professional but with a little style:) And I totally agree, I always wear flats to interviews because I tend to tower over ppl too, lol.

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  7. I think you look great for an interview and good luck on the job!  I NEVER have my nails painted for interviews.  I try to straighten my hair for them, though, so they don't mistake me for some kind of disco queen. ;-)

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  8. So great that you are getting some job prospects but god interviews are the WORST. Sounds like you have pretty much everything under control though. :) I would totes hire you in this outfit.

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  9. Congrats and good luck -- job interviews are pretty darn stressful, so good thoughts to you and all. As for hair, I'll say this: oy. My hair is sooo long that the only professional solution is a low, simple side-bun. Otherwise, I feel like I come off as too high-maintenance, too Ariel-the-mermaid, too pin-up girl. It sucks to think about stuff like this, but having really long red hair is sort of an attention grabber, and I pretty much want the interviewer's attention grabbed by my big, hot brain and super-cool resume, not my long flowing locks. So I think your hair was perfect: simple, effortless, professional.

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  10. I usually pull my hair back in some form -- whether it's all the way or half-back -- because I have a tendency to play with my hair (this is a bad habit, especially for an interview!) and need to get it out of my face while I'm talking to someone.

    GOOD LUCK, LADY!

    Caro
    http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com

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  11. You look totally great! Good luck!

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  12. I think for hair, the mistake would be to do too much. You can't really be misjudge by having a simple loose and straight hairdo. That is what I think anyways, I have long hair and would usually just make sure they looked cleaned and in place. 
    For a more business environment, maybe a sleek ponytail could work too. 
    I love your outfit here, I'm sure it will help you get the job you deserve!

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  13. I love this interview look.  So sleek and professional!  I agree about keeping everything from hair to clothes to shoes low key.  Whenever my husband went on interviews he always stuck to his conservative look, which was basically a white shirt and red or blue tie. 

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  14. I'm glad that your interviews are going well.  I have shorter hair now, but when my hair was long I wore it in a low ponytail. I like to have my hair out of my face for interviews.

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  15. I like the interview attire, and love your bag!

    I've always thought that putting your hair up (in a not-too fussy do, like a simple chic ponytail) was better than leaving hair down if it's long, but that's just me.

    Hope you get a new job soon, and if not, you know my personal chef offer still stands! lol :)

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  16. Good luck on your job search!  It sounds like your well on your way to an awesome opportunity! .

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  17. Very cute!  When I had long hair, I didn't have to go on any interviews so I've got nothin for ya.  Good luck on the job search!

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  18. Good luck! I hope you get the job!!!

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  19. LOVE this look! So professional, without making it look like you have zero imagination when it comes to outfits. I think your hair looks fine...I'd never be able to tell that they're "awkward" to you. When I interview, I usually go for the all-down or half-pulled-back look, but my hair is shorter so I guess it's different. A slick pony--especially with some extra hair wrapped around the band to hide it--is a good go-to as well.

    Good luck with these and any other interviews! You'll knock 'em dead :)

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  20. I'd hire you!  I always wear heels to interviews, but I'm not that tall so I'm not intimidating anyone!

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  22. Aww thanks so much, although I must say I love the idea of the low bun! I'm definitely going to start practicing that one in the mirror

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  23. Oooo chic ponytail is totally a great idea! I will have to give this one a try soon :)

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  24. hahah jealous, it always looks so much more professional to wear heels than flats

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  25. Oh the world would be so much easier if we were guys, simple and professional is much easier to pull off

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  26. Very nice! I struggle with interview hair, too. I've done down, low pony, and low bun (usually with a slick skinny black headband so it doesn't look too matronly or girls).

    Congrats on the interviews!

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  27. I love your suit! Where is it from? I'm looking for a new suit and always have a hard time finding one that looks pretty but still professional.

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