job interview

Finally got a job offer!

One week after the interview, I was offered the job!

So happy!
I feel bad. I have neglected posting in here for a while, but in all fairness, I have been dealing with stress and depression trying to find jobs, job leads, and just continued to send job applications like crazy. But it finally happened – I was offered a job!

My application was done late February or early March (i can’t even remember because it was that long ago for me), and after a month of applying to it, I figured I didn’t have a shot. When I finally got an email invitation for an interview, I was certainly surprised that I heard back from them two months after I applied. (And then I realized with all the interviews I previously got, the average waiting time for me from application to interview invitation was 2 months.)

I believe all the failed interviews I’ve had, preparation, and really pushing my confidence out of its teeny tiny shell helped me in presenting myself during that interview. Upwardly Global has been a huge help, and their training videos definitely assisted me in preparing for the job interview. Additionally, they will assign you an adviser who will call you from time to time, review your resume and basically help out an immigrant who’s having a hard time presenting themselves as a job seeker in the US job market. (I’ll review my experience with Upwardly Global probably in my next blog post.) Besides that, my husband and I also attended a career resume-building workshop and, again continued to find job leads.

The interview went for an hour, where they asked their typical questions, I showed my genuine interest of working with them (as I have worked in an educational institution back in the Philippines too and enjoyed it), showed them a previous video work sample, made them laugh, and asked them questions as well. It was an interview I really did enjoy. What made me think that I wouldn’t get the job was that my previous job experience and what they are looking for aren’t exactly a match, but the basics are both the same. It was a week of waiting and li’l ol’ me was getting pessimistic about the whole thing again and my husband was very understanding and loving and we never stopped praying.

I cried when I heard the words when they called Monday morning. As much as I didn’t want to make myself feel like my work gives me a status or provides me a safety net, being unemployed really felt like I was lower than low. And with something positive to look forward to now, I can’t wait to start saving up, move out, find an apartment (my in-laws have been so understanding and patient with us for letting us live with them since I immigrated) and help my husband with his project and get his novel published, and of course, visit my family in the Philippines in a couple of years or so. We also plan to move out closer to my work place, because it just won’t work with my husband (I still am trying to learn how to drive, or at least be confident enough on the road) driving me to and fro from his parent’s house to work for 40 minutes. I’m looking forward to apartment hunting now!

I’m excited, and scared; scared of starting a job in less than two weeks and I feel like I won’t be able to function properly because of my nervousness. I’m excited as well, because finally, my husband and I can finally start a new path.

 

Skills Test after a Job Interview

Additional phases after the first interview, before getting a chance for a second interview

Practice Exam Phase of a Job Interview

I know not a lot of job interviews have a practice exam phase – or at least in my case, a video practice exam phase. As I have stated before, I have applied for a video editor position three/four weeks ago and right now, I’m in that practice phase where they want to test my skills. For a while I thought I did pretty well. I was trying not to do this but, I was already falling in love with the company and the job itself, which I know I shouldn’t since that just keeps my hopes up. I still have a 50-50 chance of getting (or not getting) the job and out of the four job interviews I have had since I got my Employment Authorization Card and Conditional Residency Card, this has been the closest I’ve been when it comes to landing a job.

Nerves are setting in and I already feel that dreaded sense of I-wished-I-had-done-an-effin-better-job. Like, I could have deleted that first sequence where all the videos were a mess. I should have deleted the grouped videos on my second sequence where it also looks like a mess.

It’s too late now, and here’s hoping I did well enough to pass their qualifications.

Job Interview – Planning an Outfit

Simple Job Interview outfit

Planning what to wear for an interview can be hard sometimes. You neither want to be too casual or under dressed, or too formal. I always have the same problems and with me wanting to work in an industry related to creativity and/or post production which doesn’t really revolve in a corporate attire kind of world (at least, the ones I have worked and applied to), it is hard for me to find the middle ground of too corporate or too casual.

What I wore for my recent job interview – easy, not too much, simple, yet professional.

Job Interview Outfit

I wish I could’ve taken a picture of myself wearing the outfit but, I just got so caught up with preparation and nerves that it just didn’t cross my mind. Some of these are not the accurate products I have, bu the closest I could find (the blazer, slacks, shoes, bag, accessories – same style but I couldn’t find the right design.) But this is what I wore and it did felt like it wasn’t too corporate but it still was professional enough for an interview. I kept my dragonfly earrings just because I don’t want to wear my big pearl earrings. I still want to give the impression that I like creative stuff, and it felt like the dragonfly earrings gave that impression – but in a good way.

I wanted the make up to be simple. I want to look flawless at least but not feel like I have so much gunk on my face that when my nerves kick in, my face will be drowning in running make up (which was what I felt last time). I cleansed, toned, and moisturized and then applied just a few make up and hair products.

Job Interview Make-up List

The make up and hair product I used:
– Maybelline Fit me Stick Foundation – 240 Golden Beige (love this ❤ )
– Avon Mineral Loose Powder
– Almay Intense i-color Shimmer-i Kit
– Covergirl Perfect Blend Pencil – Basic black
– Rimmel Extra WOW lash Mascara
– Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
– Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist (loving this SO much)
– L'Oreal Paris Elseve Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum

I’m not sure how much I really spent on this, because some of this products I already had with me when I immigrated. But I usually buy (at least for the make-up) really affordable ones because unemployment is limiting me with make-up options and I do believe thatthey did work well for me, despite being cheap compared to the favorite make up item brands.

I did hope my impression came out good. I made sure I cut my nails short and just put some clear top coat on it. If I was applying as a video editor, I don’t want them to think I’m putting too much effort into putting make up (in which case I only know basic steps) and long nails will just make it harder for me to edit anyways.

I have more job interview outfits I haven’t really worn them yet so I won’t be posting them for now. Let me know what you think. Too much? Too bland? Oh well, if I get another job interview, I will post the outfit and make up wore again and maybe you guys could give me some ideas and feedback.

Second job interview was interesting

Had my second interview today,and I had a more optimistic attitude

Do the dance

Getting more comfortable with interviews after failed job interviews

Let me do a happy dance!

After an interview for a video editing job position today, I felt much better. I finally felt that feeling that I didn’t feel when I did my previous interview where I had so much regret that I didn’t do well with my answers. With this recent interview, I felt at ease and comfortable enough to express all my answers in all honesty, in a professional way of course.

It wasn’t just mental preparation. I wanted to feel good in my clothes and make up. Again, with my previous interview, my make-up was running and it made me so uncomfortable that I do think it added to my nerves and my physical presentation. And so I asked my husband to just let me buy some stuff (make up and hair products) so that I would at least look professional enough. I had a blazer on, a cute white top to match with it, black slacks and nude heels, with simple make up and flat-ironed hair. I did keep my dragonfly earrings on instead of putting the pearls because I didn’t want to be too corporate because I did have a feeling that it was going to be a casual work office.

The company I had my interview with is a small company which mainly deals with post-production. The fact that they were casual and laid-back made me comfortable conversing with them, instead of sounding like a robot with every answer I say. The interview process was short, direct, casual. Before it started, I was talking to one of them and it kind of broke the ice because we talked about something in common: immigration process. After that chat, I had three people interviewing me (which was a first for me because I’ve had a one-on-one interviews or a panel interview with one interviewer asking at least three applicants questions related to the job.) It was scary at first because I have to say an answer which will satisfy all three interviewers.

I would have to say, prepping for an interview and making sure your clothes and make up, does help in making you feel at ease and less nervous. The only time I got nervous was when I stepped into the office and everyone was looking, and when my hair tie got loose and so my hair was just annoyingly hanging on the left side of my face, with which I had to remove my hair tie and continue answering their questions with my hair down (which I hope did not get me any bad point), and I didn’t realize I was fiddling with the hair tie that it fell on the floor which cut off my speech and I had to pick it up form the floor (which I am hoping I don’t get any bad point for that too.)

I didn’t forget to send a thank you note, and I heard back from them a few hours afterwards saying they’ll let me know by next week, that is if I get to do the next part of the hiring process or if everything I said during the interview wasn’t enough.

Fingers crossed, I really do hope I hear back from them again.

Got another interview

Thank you God I got another job interview

Fist pump yeah

Hoping to pass this job interview

I really felt that I messed up my last one and so when I got the email that I’m invited for an interview with a different company, I got excited, and then fearful; fearful that I might not do that great yet again.

I know over-thinking and letting fear rule you will just make you feel all the more worse during the interview. I feel more confident with this one though because the job position is something I know I can really do. It is related to video editing, which I have more than 5 years of experience. And when I was told that part of the hiring process is having to do some video editing, it kind of scared me for a bit because I haven’t edited videos for about 5-6 months (due to immigrating).

Here’s hoping I feel better (being sick sucks) by the time the interview comes around.

I got a job interview!

I got a job interview – now what?

Remember when I told you guys I did another creative cover letter and hoping I would hear back from the two companies I have applied to? Earlier today, I’ve heard from one of them and yes – they wanted me to go there for an interview. I was just about to hop into the shower when I got the message and I got so ecstatic that I was jumping up and down and rushed to my husband to tell him of the good news. As the excitement wore off throughout the day, the nervousness kicks in.

How do I prepare for an interview?

I have worked for different companies since taking a break from college, undergoing internships and summer jobs, but it always comes down to the same question  – how am I going to prepare for an interview? It stresses me out and it gives the butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling and it is never a good feeling.

And so, I’m treating this like an upcoming oral examination. I’m reviewing the company’s history and profile, looking at their social media’s content, using Google to my advantage and reading on tips and whatnot. But, at the end of it all, all my reviewing will be for nothing if I get to my worst nerve-wracked state ever – the “ah-uhm-stutter” syndrome.

I have always been told that as you answer interview questions, you look at them in the eye and say your answer in a straight manner; it shows how confident you are with how you present yourself. And there are times where it is hard for me to do so because I feel like I don’t have that much confidence. I don’t want to be stuck in that moment where all I say is “Uh, uhm, ah” and just stutter all over the place.

One thing that helped me (back when I applied for a call center back in the Philippines) was I took a list of common interview questions and I prepared my answers and practiced it in front of the mirror (I know, it’s weird, but it worked because I got the job). I might have to do it again for this job interview, just to get all my bases covered.

The other thing that I think is also crucial when it comes to job interviews is what you wear. I’m no fashionista and I would just go with the usual slacks. But working in a university setting where smart casual clothes are welcomed made me too comfy with wearing jeans and flat shoes. Putting on slacks and heeled shoes will make me feel like it’s the first time I’m wearing them again – and when it’s that “first time feeling”, I get too self-absorbed with how I’m presenting myself that I actually feel like I’m making a fool of myself, and it makes my confidence slowly go down the drain. I would have to find comfy interview clothes that makes me comfy enough to be myself and not be a nervous wreck during the interview.

I still have a day to prepare myself and go into a zen-state before meeting the interviewer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and wish me luck!