Christina Daniels-Upcoming College Graduate

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So I have definitely been lacking on my posts lately! I have been so caught up on my own blog (click here to check it out!) and with graduation “things”!  So what have I been up to? Well, I got some great tips on interviews from the ELCDC “Interview Skills” workshop! I have always been nervous for interviews but told that I interview well, but I had no idea what I did right or wrong.  But I got some great pointers that I had never really thought about.  For example, knowing yourself is just as important as knowing the company you are interviewing with.  We all know that we need to do our background research on the company and our interviewer (you can always check them out on LinkedIn, don’t be nervous that they can see you viewing their profile, it shows initiative!).  But we also need to know our own strengths and weaknesses. Look to outside sources like professors, friends and family and ask them what they believe are your strengths and why you would be an asset to a company.  It can give you a third party perspective and allow you to really emphasize your strengths to your interviewer.  I have more notes from the workshop back at school, but seeing as I am still on spring break, you’ll have to wait for “part two” for this one!

I have also signed up for a Capstone Weekend sponsored by the company Rent the Runway.  The company rents out designer dresses for a more affordable price tag.  My friend saw info on the Capstone Weekend and sent me the link and I thought it looked awesome.  The agenda includes a party and makeover courtesy of L’Oreal and Rent the Runway, industry talks from guest speakers and interviews!  Even if I don’t end up getting a job offer, it will be some great practice! I am really excited for the industry speakers as they have the CEO and co-founder of Rent the Runway, and Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine, the founder of  Lulu Frost, and the head of business development for Rent the Runway speaking!  I think it will give me some awesome insight and advice from people that really know what they are talking about.

I have to admit, one of the hardest things is probably the wardrobe.  I think fashion majors have it much harder when it comes to dressing professionally because we also need to look fashionable.  Luckily my mom was nice enough to lend me some money for interview/professional clothes.  I am a firm believer in never wearing the business suit.  It is just not me.  I never want to compromise my style for any reason so one really important thing for me, was that I still felt like myself in my professional clothes.  I was able to find some great pieces and most of them were on sale!  One staple is a skirt. I chose a white skirt from The Limited that hits just at the knee.  

Shoes are probably the next most controversial piece.  For interviews, you definitely want a closed toe, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style!  Check out this pair here that I bought in both colors!  

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Work appropriate heels from Forever 21

They add some flair, while still keeping the look professional.  For tops, I have never been a blazer girl, so just make sure there is not too much cleavage and that shoulders are covered, whether it be with a blazer or a cardigan.  I picked up a silver short sleeved top, similar to the silhouette seen below.  This quilted sweatshirt is easy on the budget and would look super chic with the white pencil skirt and cream heels. I can tell you one thing, but this interviewer will not be questioning your style with this outfit.

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Quilted sweatshirt at H&M for $34.95

Hope I could help you out with some outfit inspiration!  Check back next week for some more interview tips!

 

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