4 Ways To Nail Your Next Job Interview

A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

I sat it on a few interviews this week and was reminded of four important aspects of a successful interview.  It is important to make a good first impression when interviewing for a job.  A well polished, professional resume will get you past the first round but the real test is when you come face to face with your potential supervisor.  

Research the Organization

This is a very important step to show you did your homework.  Research the organization’s website and find a way to incorporate that into your interview.  For instance, explain how the company’s mission or vision relates to you. This is an easy way to show you care enough about the job to become familiar with what’s important to the organization.

Try this at your next interview…
“Your organization’s mission to spread the power of optimism relates to my personal goal of always looking at the bright side of life.”

This simple sentence shows you know the organization’s goal and your goals are the same.  A great trait for a successful employee.

Show Enthusiasm

If you’re not excited about applying for the job then I’m not excited to hear what you have to say.  You don’t want to appear over the top but having a twinkle in your eye and a smile goes a long way to show me you really want the position.  

Try this at your next interview…
Make eye contact and smile when you’re listening to the question being asked and when you answer.  “I’m really excited about this opportunity! I would be a great addition to this organization based on my skill set and the company’s goals.”

Dress Your Best

This point should be common sense but it bears repeating. Make sure you complete the basics before your interview…brush your hair, brush your teeth, make sure your bra straps are not showing, etc.

Try this at your next interview…
Take your outfit up a notch.  Dress a step higher than you normally would.  Add a new accessory to your outfit or pick up a light weight blazer to wear over your sleeveless dress.  You can get one for under $20 on Amazon.

It’s always better to overdress than to risk looking unprofessional and not meaning to.


Confidence is key.  It will get you ahead every single time.  Too nervous? Fake it! I notice that when asked about their goals in life, the applicants would say “it sounds dumb but, “don’t laugh,” and “I know it’s silly.”  Don’t do this! You should never apologize for your aspirations in life. Who am I to tell you that you’re wrong or that it’s a stupid idea!? Be confident in your goals.  So what if they change later on? All of our goals do! It’s your life…be proud of it 🙂

Try this at your next interview…
When asked – What are some of your goals in life? – You say “I’m really excited about the possibility of going back to school.  I may be older but I’m holding onto the statement that it’s never too late to learn something new.  

Practicing these easy steps can help you stand out among the crowd of applicants and land that job.

Good luck!


How I Built My Professional Wardrobe Through Amazon

You dress for the job you want not the job you have. Here’s how I built my professional wardrobe through Amazon.

Image is a big part of how you are perceived at work.  You dress for the job you want not the job you have.  I’ve embraced that saying over the past few years.  I want to look the part even though I have not yet reached my professional goals.

Building a stylish, professional wardrobe is expensive.  Work suits and dresses that give you the coveted “executive presence” can range around $100 or more depending on the store you shop at.

I discovered Amazon has a wide selection of professional clothing that is budget friendly and made with quality materials.

I receive so many compliments on many of the items I purchased through Amazon.  All of the pieces are $30 and under.


You can find the dress on the left here.
The outfit on the right is a combination of this skirt and blazer.

Here are a few more of my favorite pieces that came from Amazon…

belted skirt

black dot dress

black pencil dress




sleevless dress


Tips for Purchasing Clothes On Amazon

1.  Use search terms such as “women office dresses,” “women office attire,” and “women business dresses.”

2.  Filter by “Avg. Customer Review” and choose the three stars & up option.  This will greatly increase the quality of the item options.

3.  Look at the Size Chart and Customer Reviews to determine the best size to order.  I look at the Customer Reviews first because they will tell you if the Size Chart is accurate or if you need to adjust your size option.  This technique has always worked for me when ordering clothes online.  You can also see pictures of how the clothing looks on different body types.

4.  Zoom in on the pictures of the clothing.  You can tell a lot by how the item is made and what the fabric looks like.

5.  Amazon Prime comes in really handy.  I shop on Amazon for a variety of items.  The free, two day shipping is convenient and fast.

Let me know if you find any great professional clothing deals on Amazon!

Happy Shopping!