J Crew interview update!

I posted last week about my job search with J Crew, and I realize now that I never updated about the interview! Since I’m supposed to hear back from them some time this week, I figured I’d let you in on the experience thus far.

I headed over to Copley in the pouring rain last Monday afternoon and managed to make it there only slightly soggy. I was wearing my grey leggings, a long, navy blue J Crew argyle cardigan & my newly found pearls (I raided my old jewelry when I was home over spring break & found three strands of pearls I’d gotten as a teen and totally forgot about – score!).  I was also rocking my bright yellow target rainboots. I was there incredibly early, so I spent some time checking out their spring collection and wandering the store. I immediately noticed how many sales associates they had working at one time – I counted at least seven or eight just in the front of the store, and it was a Monday!

I met with Erica, the hiring manager, who gave me lots of great information about the store, dress code, what it’s like to work for J Crew and we talked about me, my fashion sense, my availability and my past retail experience. I think the conversation went well, and she informed me that she’d be calling me in a week to ten days to let me know if I had been picked for a second interview. I’ve never interviewed for a retail job that did second interviews, and to be honest I was pretty shocked – I didn’t know the process was so selective! She said they had a lot of applications, which I definitely do not doubt, and that she’d be in touch.

I’m hoping I hear back soon – although I’d be pretty surprised if I didn’t get a second interview, I guess with that many applicants you really never know. If it doesn’t work out I won’t be heartbroken, although I think working there would be great experienced and I know I’d have tons of fun helping and dressing customers at the store.

Anyways, I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted when I do hear back!

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March 23, 2010. Tags: , , . Fashion. Leave a comment.

Boston Globe Interview!

This morning I got out of bed, showered & instead of throwing on jeans or leggings, I put on my suit for my last first co-op interview. I know, that wording was confusing. I’ll back track. Here at Northeastern, we alternate periods of 6 month internship and regular semesters. I’ve already completed two co-ops, and I will be doing a third, and final, co-op starting in July. Today I had my first interview with the Boston Globe – a position that you could easily say is a dream job.

I’d be working in one of the Globe’s bi-weekly regional sections, either South, North or West of Boston, as a full time writer – pitching pieces, covering meetings, helping other reporters and editors in the office. The position is absolutely ideal for me – I’d be writing for a huge corporation, but I’d be able to publish content online and utilize my technology skills from Tech Target (my last co-op) and at the same time be able to work in a small newsroom that focuses on a smaller community, which is what I really loved about my first co-op at Bay Windows & South End News.

Dressed up & ready to go for my Boston Globe Interview!

So why am I telling you all this? Well of course, it ties into fashion. I wanted to share my outfit this morning with you, so I snapped a quick photo in my mirror. The quality isn’t fabulous, unfortunately my roommate was already at class otherwise I would have had her do it.

I bought this pencil suit skirt from Express for $24 on sale, and the red button down also at Express for $12, also on sale. The suit jacket is from Ann Taylor, which I scored at the outlet for just $50. All in all, not a bad look for less than $100!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the process, but for now I think the interview went really well! The woman I spoke with assured me that I’d definitely be pushed through for a second round interview at the beginning of April, so until then it’s just a waiting game. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

March 9, 2010. Tags: , , , . Fashion. Leave a comment.