Fashion Jobs – What Not to Do During an Interview

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Everyone always goes on about the right things to do during an interview – do your nails, give a good handshake, and be prepared. But what shouldnt we do? Here are the top three things to try and avoid when being inquired for a position.

1. Don’t Forget About Body Language

A huge part of the way people perceive you is simply through the body language you exude to the world, so do not underestimate the power of good posture. Sit up straight (or lean in slightly to show interest) and make sure you are engaging with your interviewer through eye contact. Dont be afraid to speak confidently and if it comes naturally embrace the use of your hands when talking – all of this helps the transaction flow and feel more human as opposed to a rehearsed and robotic situation.


2. Don’t Give Excuses or Conditions

When being asked questions, make sure you are being as open with your responses as possible. For example, if they ask you if you are proficient in Photoshop and you don’t feel as though you can say yes, let them know what although you are not there yet you are eager to make the extra effort to learn and get to that point. Also, when speaking about yourself, your skills and your past jobs, do not put yourself down or make excuses. This can sometimes be unconscious but you should try to make it a point to make every characteristic about yourself a positive one.


3. Don’t Stop Smiling

Obviously, do stop if it gets weird. The main takeaway from this point is to remain positive, eager and energetic. Keep in mind that depending on the person everyone deals with their work differently. Some people tend to be super friendly and enthusiastic while some are more serious and conservative. That being said, one thing is for sure: kindness never goes out of style. Smiling during and interview will help put the other person at ease and make them feel like you are confident and genuinely happy to be there. Dont over-exaggerate it, be natural, be yourself.

By Sarah Said

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