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Newly employed

I believe that I’ve mentioned that I recently was going to/had a job interview at the amazing clothing store H&M. To my surprise, H&M has decided to bring me on as a new sales associate in training!

I’ll be honest, I’m nervous as all hell. The interview process was scary, since job interviews are one of my fears, however, since I got the job I’m assuming to them I did just well 😀 Thank goodness…because during my first interview I thought I could have done loads better; there were a few times that I wasn’t prepared for the question and I had to think of a choppy-sounding explanation off the top of my head. The best feeling was leaving the interviewing office. Don’t get me wrong, the two creative directors (one being in training herself for a hiring position) were very nice. The worst thing with getting a job is having an intimidating interviewer.

There’s so many nicely dressed, well put-together, and stylish workers at H&M, which is what inspired me to both shop and apply for a job there. So, during the interview process, I was hoping that the outfit I wore really showed off that I’m what H&M was looking for. I wore a nice grey shawl sweater that I had bought from the store the day before the interview, a pair of solid dark blue skinny jeans also from the store, and a pair of brown leather boots from Forever 21 that put the outfit together. I had hoped that it was enough to show I have fashionable potential. Regardless of what I was wearing, my insecurities were having me think that no matter what, there was probably some amazing hipster dressed 20 year old who had retail experience that was also applying for the position. I’m happy to say that I lucked out. I really need to get past thinking everyone is better than me…oh well, I’ll get to that somewhere down the line.

I was called back and asked to come in later in the week to talk with the store manager. I didn’t know whether this meant that I had the job or not, but my friends reassured me that usually a second interview is almost always positive. I wore the only other H&M shirt I had along with the same pair of pants and boots (Hey, it’s a recession…). The store manager was a little more intimidating than the two creative directors that I had been interview by, but I kept my cool. The meeting focused on making sure I’m the right match for the position. We talked about my job experience, my school schedule, and whether or not it would interfere with work. Luckily, when he had said that I’m being hired, he told me the hours I was working and introduced me to the associate who was going to train me during the two week training period. I was excited that my schedule was a few 8-9 hour shifts (I never had that many hours at my previous jobs ><).

Then the other day I came in to start my job orientation. This was basically another person who had just been hired and myself sitting in a room with a manager as she talked about the history, motto, and day to day job expectations of H&M. Also, we got to go on a tour of the store (which is 3 stories) and finished with filling out paperwork.

Now, today is the big day, as I am going in for a 3-11pm shift of pure training. I’m unsure of if it’s going to be hands-on or if I’m just going to be instructed on how to do everything. Apparently, some of the training is me learning on my own, but honestly, I’d rather be babied into learning the ins and outs. I’m terrified >< I think I’m the only person in the world who gets nervous over this stuff. I mean really, I got the job, so why am I still nervous?

Anyways, that’s all I had to say. I feel like typing it out makes me less nervous. Wish me luck on my job! If you have any questions or comments, please post them 😀

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I’m a poor and broke unfortunate soul

Its Thursday morning. I didn’t sleep last night. Instead, I slept right after my Wednesday classes until about 11pm. I got up, and then laid back down and watched random television programs like Hoarders and Long Island Medium until I decided to print off a few shipping labels in my dorm’s computer lab (The shipping labels are for my textbooks that I’m having sent in to make some $$$).

Today I’m pretty nervous. I have a second job interview at H&M later on this afternoon. I went in last week and made what I thought was a good first impression to the two creative directors. Cross your fingers! I’m not sure what a second interview means; the woman who called me asked if I could come in today and talk to another manager. Is that good? Who the hell knows…but getting a call back has to mean I stuck some interest in them :DDDD My life is depending on this job. Not only would it be major brownie points to have a job at a clothing store, especially at the amazing H&M, but it’s definitely a confidence boost for me. I’ll share a little secret: there’s a guy I’m crushing on that I know loves H&M…if I get a job here this would be a major shared interest! With crushes aside, I have been wanting to gain retail experience; really when you think about it, a clothing store job is definitely a teenagers dream. I’m just sick and tired of being broke, and working at a fast food restaurant during the summers.

H&M would be a match made in heaven for me: I love their clothes, the ambience, the energy, the workers, did I mention I love the clothes. Their apperal seems to be the best price out there. Being in Chicago, good deals are hard to come by. Also, H&M’s quality is amazing; a button-up shirt I purchased last year has just recently started to fade…and I’ve worn it quite a lot. Since I’m so self-conscious of what I’m wearing, getting that employee discount will be a big help in getting a new wardrobe. Have you seen the workers at H&M…they’re so fashionable. Still, it can be intimidating to have an interview there. I had bought a sweater the day before the interview and a pair of boots from Forever 21 so that I was on my game. My friends’ reassured me I looked the part (and I had a fresh haircut at Sassoon Academy hours before my interview). Worker along side my stylish coworkers will hopefully help me to become a fashionista (even though I’ve mentioned that I hate that word).

I hope all goes well. If I don’t get this job I’ll have no money for my laptop payments, my loan payments, or groceries to feed myself. >< And even if I do get the job, I’m going to need a good $100+ so I can pick up a few things to put outfits together. I can’t work at H&M while wearing Old Navy hoodies…it seems like Old Navy is a fungus growing in my closet. (Sorry Old Navy, I love you, but we going to have to break up).

Enough of me babbling, right? I have to get back my The Sims Social on Facebook peoples. Until next time 😀 Stay sharp (how’s that for a catch phrase?)