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Interview Tips from the Real World

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It is that time again…the beginning of the end of the semester time!  I can always tell when the end of the semester is approaching because my planner begins to get filled, my visits to Starbucks become more frequent, and I get that overwhelming feeling of “How am I going to get all of this done?” 

It’s even worse than usual this semester because I am beyond stressed with finding a Senior Co-op internship.  It’s not that I am having trouble finding one…my problem is that there are too many to choose from!  I’ve been going on interviews for the past few weeks and I’ve realized that everything I have learned at LIM College is really making me stand out. Everyone I have interviewed with so far has been so impressed with my work experience (thanks LIM College for making internships a part of the curriculum…I totally appreciate it now!). Instead of going on and on about my interviews, I am just going to share some things I have learned.

Be open-minded: Although LIM College is a fashion school, your options for internships are not limited to those in the fashion industry.  For example, I have interviewed with Evins Communications, which is a marketing company that specializes in industries such as spirits and travel and hospitality. I have also interviewed with an investment company that specializes in retail start-ups and have the option of interviewing with Dylan’s Candy Bar. A few years ago, I would have never expected I would be going on interviews with these companies. Therefore, it is always good to keep an open mind and realize that you may learn more at a company outside of the fashion industry.

Be informed: First and foremost, it is so important to research a company before an interview. This shows that you are prepared for questions about the company and are truly interested in working there. In addition, it is also essential to be informed about current events and business news. Fashion is not just about pretty clothes and glamorous events; it is a billion-dollar industry. Therefore, it is so important to know what is going on in the business world.  On all of my interviews I have been expected to know what is going on and my knowledge of current events and business news has helped me land several internship offers.

Be yourself: I know that everyone says that you need to be super professional while on an interview. But you do not need to be a robot! You do not have to rehearse and memorize how you are going to answer certain questions. It is possible to be professional and maintain your personality at the same time. A company is not only looking at your resume, they are also looking at your personality. If you’re about as interesting as a pet rock, they are going to overlook you.

Topics: fashion careers, fashion internships, student life, Student Advice