5 Not So Obvious Tips to Nail the Interview with ANN INC.

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Where do you find style inspiration? I presume the potentially endless list includes things like blogs, Instagram, magazines, television, coworkers, friends, store mannequins, catalogs, and on and on and on. How about bus stops? Not on your list, you say? Consider checking again, my friends. 
If you don’t live in a bustling city, you may not walk past many bus stops. But on my daily commute, I meander (or speed walk, depending on how many times I pressed the snooze button) past a good dozen or more bus stop shelters whose advertising decor seems to get ever more creative and engaging with each iteration of advertising gracing the shelter walls. 
For a good while, the lovely Kate Hudson graced the “glamorous” bus shelters, and she never failed to catch my eye. Maybe in magazines instead of bus shelters, you’ve certainly seen her amazingly beautiful and drool-worthy Ann Taylor campaign style. I gander with envy just about every time I see those shoots and only wish my stylist (a.k.a. groggy-eyed me rolling out of bed way too early before the sunrise) could create such perfect professional style. But alas, my sleepy eyes haven’t garnered those skills.

Instead, I snap a mental picture (or maybe even a pic on my phone) when I spot an inspiring style I really love. And I actually stop by the Ann Taylor Look Book occasionally just to refresh my personal style creativity gears to catch their inspiring style ideas with each new season.

I don’t recall exactly where I found the inspiration for this little number I’m wearing today. But in the spirit of working with ANN, INC., I wanted to share my pretty Ann Taylor dress (that I finally fit into again after little J entered our world).

Guess what?! ANN INC., is hiring! While my career in accounting might not be a natural transition to a career in fashion, I suspect many of you may have a knack for style that would make you a great fit for one of their many positions. Stop on over to the ANN INC. (home of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou and Grey), careers site to see if you might be the perfect fit for a place in their company that understands women and strives to create a connected and inspiring work environment, as evidenced by their inclusion as the only fashion retailer on the list of Gallup Great Workplace Award winners.

Currently, they’re searching for inspiring and sophisticated women looking to forge lasting relationships with their colleagues and professional teams, create a motivating and engaging experience for customers, and fit perfectly into roles as store managers and associates at many locations across the country. Sound like you might be that perfect team member they covet? There’s no better time than now to make that move!

Not long ago, I wrote about the importance of being genuine in a job interview and letting your true self shine through. Like many successful companies, ANN INC., prioritizes understanding the complex multi-layered characters of the women who not only wear their clothes but also the women who build and manage their business of bringing those clothes to women. So in their search for finding team members that feel like a great fit for the company, ANN INC., certainly wants to see that genuine self shine through.

I also touched on the importance of being prepared for the interview. Preparedness breeds comfort and confidence, both of which help defray nerves and highlight your best genuine self. 

A few more obvious interview preparedness tips you’ve surely mastered include: know your resume well, bring a copy of it with you, and be ready to speak to how your experiences apply to the position for which you’re interviewing.

Beyond the basics, though, after you’ve dotted all your “i”s and crossed all your “t”s, let’s talk about a few more tips to help you nail that job interview that a traditional career coach or career center might not highlight.

5 Not-So-Obvious Tips to Nail the Interview

  1. Be genuine. We discussed this in depth previously, so hop on over if you missed the post or are in need of a reminder. 
  2. Look polished and presentable. Ensure you appear pulled together. Keep your hair out of your face. Have clean finger nails (no chipped nail polish ladies). Maintain nicely combed or styled hair (it doesn’t have to be fancy, just clean and intentional). And be sure to wear a clean and ironed suit or other appropriate interview attire, depending on the position for which you’re interviewing. 
  3. Use hand lotion. This may not be a popular piece of advice, but you’ll be shaking hands with lots of people. If you have soft, supple hands, then feel free to pass on the lotion. Just be sure not to have really dry, scaly hands. It just feels uncomfortable and a bit of a turn off for me as I introduce myself to that person. I can understand a clammy hand (not ideal, but it happens and I’m not here to judge. I actually think a bit of nerves indicates the candidate isn’t overly confident and they actually care about obtaining an offer). But if your hands are super dry, consider using a bit of lotion before heading into the office. You’d hate to turn off the interviewer with an uncomfortable hand shake before you’ve even had a chance to strut your stuff. 
  4. Sit up and exude confidence with your body language. Don’t be cocky or arrogant, for sure. But sitting up straight will convey a sense of preparedness and polish. 
  5. Sit still but relaxed (oh yeah, and not too relaxed). This isn’t grabbing dinner with your buddies at a fast food joint. Go back and re-read #4. Conversely, fidgety fingers and nervous body language can be distracting for the interviewer and imply a lack of preparedness. While it may just be a nervous reaction and not a lack of effort, perceptions matter most, especially when candidacy is being assessed on just a few 45 minutes interviews and a maybe a casual lunch. 

Some of these tips, like a polished presentation and hand lotion, apply to a career in fashion even more than some other industries. We’d expect nothing less than a stylish and pulled together appearance from those helping us create inspiring and fashionable style from outfitters like Ann Taylor and LOFT.

What do you think about these interview tips? Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear any other tips or tricks you’ve seen that really sealed the deal!

And will you be the next multi-faceted ANN INC., woman to join the team? Are you ANN INC.’s next must-have? Start a career with ANN INC. today! 

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P.S. They have a great #AT3Ways series they share on social media that offers tons of professional remixing ideas. I always make a note of the stylish combinations when it pops up in my Instagram feed.
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