Five Interview Tips for Job Hunters

*Post in collaboration with TMI Recruiting

So summer is here and you might be looking for a sparkly new job. Or you might be a soon to be graduate hunting down your first full time role. Either way, TMI Resourcing are currently doing a campaign on interview techniques so today I’m going to give you some top tips to make sure that you can ace any interview that comes your way. Because everyone deserves an amazing job!

As I said in my last post, I recently bagged myself a new job so here’s how I did it.

 

Do your research

There’s nothing worse then showing up unprepared to an interview. At the very least you need to know what the role entails and what the company does. I personally like to check out the company history, what they’re all about and what they’re up to now. Then I focus on the job role itself. It’s quite useful to go through each aspect of it and think of examples you would use to show that you have the relevant skills. Interviewers love examples. Always show evidence of how awesome you are.

Also it’s a good thing to prepare answers to competency-based questions. These can be like showing examples of when you had to deal with a difficult customer or what you think makes a good team member. Use the Internet to find lists of these types of questions and practice answering them.

 

Think of questions to ask beforehand

Nine times out of ten, near the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. Don’t be that person who stares blankly back at them – be prepared. Ask questions that show you’re interested in the role and the business. These can vary from questions about the business culture to what a typical day is like for the department. If you’re not sure what to ask, the Internet is a great resource for finding these types of questions. And definitely don’t have your first questions be about benefits and salary, let them bring it up if you’re going to talk about it.

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Look the part

Gone are the days where you had to wear a suit – now it all depends on the business that you’re interviewing for when deciding what to wear. However don’t forget that no matter who the interview is for, erring on the side of caution and dressing too smart is better then dressing too casual. I always take interview outfits on a case by case basis. It all depends on the kind of company and industry you’re hoping to join. Dress the part.

 

Be passionate

Interviewers want to see passion. Sometimes you may not tick all the boxes of the ideal candidate but your passion can see you through. My job I just got was in an industry I hadn’t worked in before but because I had transferable skills and a heap of passion, I got the job. Show them how much of an asset you would be to the role and the company and don’t forget to smile!

 

Stay calm

Interviews can be super nerve wracking but try to stay calm. If you’ve followed the first four tips then you’ve got nothing to worry about. Just be yourself and remember that the interviewers are people too. Put things in perspective – what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get the job? That’s ok – just try again. It’s all you can do. The more interviews you do, the more confident you will be.

Good luck!

 

What’s your best interview tip?

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Yet Another New Beginning

So things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I mentioned that I was waiting in limbo for some news. Well I received the news and it was good. Things have changed considerably. I went and got myself a 9-5 job.

It has been a decision that I’ve been toiling with for months now. And ultimately though I have enjoyed being a freelancer, it’s best for my mental health to have a 9-5. A good 9-5 mind you. Not just any role in any company. I wanted to find a nice company and I’m 99% sure that I’ve found it. The job is stimulating, the people are lovely and the money is good among lots of other things.

I’m about to start my third week and I’ve felt my mental health problems melt away into the background. I’m happy to get out of bed every morning and I feel like I have a purpose again. My overeating has stopped in it’s tracks and I’m filled with hope. This will be the first time that Topher and I are in a financially stable position. We’ll actually have disposable income and be able to save. That takes a great load off my mind and we can just enjoy living.

As well as the job, Topher and I have rejoined Slimming World and the gym. I weigh the heaviest I’ve ever weighed and feel so uncomfortable moving around but now I know I’ve got control again and can get back to my happy weight. I’m tired after these two weeks but a satisfied kind of tired.

I can’t wait to get the house under control (as it’s pretty messy at the moment with both of us working!) and planning our new life. We’ve already decided to move our Japan trip forward to Easter 2019 and planning is fully under way. I can’t begin to explain how happy I feel. There will be random times of the day and I’ll find myself just smiling away for no reason. It’s awesome.

So even though freelancing wasn’t for me long term, I’m so glad I gave it a go. It was quite a ride. And I would definitely still recommend people giving freelancing a try as it could be an amazing option for you. I just realised that I wasn’t happy with having to solely rely on my creativity to put food on the table. I love being creative and I’d much rather do it without any pressure behind it. Maybe I’ll finally be able to get some scrapbooking done.

So that was my little update – I will try to do my best to get back to regular posting around here. Because this blog is going nowhere!

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Hanging out in Limbo

Have you ever found yourself hanging out in limbo, waiting for one piece of news that might change your life?

I am right now. For now I’m going to have to be mysterious and not say exactly what I’m waiting on, as I don’t want to jinx it. But for now, it’s just waiting. Limbo sucks. I don’t know what to do with myself.

I’m trying to keep busy, keep myself distracted and just hope for the best but it can get hard at times. The sunny weather is definitely helping though. After saying in my Home Decor Plans post that I wanted to get my garden under control this summer, I’m actually taking steps to achieve that.

Once I’ve finished this post I’m heading out there to get my hands dirty and pull up a load of weeds. The “flower beds” are definitely not flower beds anymore so I want to pull up everything and start from scratch. See, projects. I’m distracting myself. Plus if this news goes my way, I won’t have this much time on my hands again to work on it. So now is the time.

I might even do another car boot this weekend. Get my decluttering on. My dream is to have my airing cupboard be clear from all my car boot stuff and be able to just store the usual stuff in there, along with our smaller suitcases.

Every time my mind wanders back to this news, I just can’t stop thinking about how great it will be if it goes my way. Topher and I’s quality of life will definitely skyrocket and I’ll actually have more to talk about on here. I don’t even want to think about if it turns out to be bad news. It won’t be the end of the world but it would be such a bummer.

I really hope it’s good news. Wish me luck.

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May Goals and Bullet Journal Spread

I’m looking outside right now and it’s so sunny! Hallelujah.

For the first time since January I’m going to talk about my goals for the month (and year) ahead.

  • Get down to 12 stone anything

So I was around 12 and a half stone at the beginning of the year and I have gone in the wrong direction. Due to my down period of the last few months continuing I put on about a stone. So I’m now hovering just below 13 and a half stone. That was a major blow for me as I haven’t weighed that much since 2013. That was my heaviest weight where I felt so unhealthy and decided to join Slimming World for the first time. So I just want to get back to 12 stone anything to make a start on getting on track with my 2018 goal of getting to my happy weight of 11stone. Fingers crossed!

  • Do a car boot sale

There’s so much stuff to declutter in this house. It feels like it will never end but getting to a car boot will definitely help things. And help raise some pennies for our Japan trip next year. We’re hoping to get to a car boot this Sunday as currently my weather app says it will be sunny. I hope it works out as it’s the bank holiday weekend and footfall is usually increased!

  • Get a secure stream of income

I’m really working on that this month. My 2018 goal was to just make some fecking money so I intend on doing that. Will keep you posted.

  • Raise £100 for Japan

I really really really want to go to Japan. It’s such a dream and with what we’ve raised so far it could really be possible for Topher and I to go next summer. So I’m really getting my skates on this month so get another bundle of cash added to our pot.

  • Paint two living room walls white and polyfill holes

Now this one can only happen if I secure some income so fingers crossed. As I mentioned in my 2018 Home Decor Goals post I really want to finish the living room off. Painting the walls grey was a good idea but I think painting all of them grey wasn’t the best as it’s quite a dark room that doesn’t get much sunlight. So I’m injecting a bit of white.

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As for my bullet journal spread, things have been working for me by keeping things as simple as possible. I’m still using my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted A5 bullet journal* and have been fully in the minimalist zone. However I wanted to inject a bit of colour and creativity back into it. So welcome back washi tapes and coloured felt tips.

I noticed other people using a calendar layout in their bullet journals so I thought I would give it a go. I love how it looks. It of course took longer than my usual list style calendar but it’s a lot easier on the eye. Now I can see the weeks laid out ahead. I think I’ll be keeping this style up.

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Of course I had to include a page for my freelance hours. Since taking this photo I’ve added in boxes for each client and it looks pretty good. Much better than my old approaches of just columns where all my clients are shoved in.

And I think I’ll always keep up the weekly goals as otherwise it’s so easy to just lose track of your main goals throughout the month.

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If you want to see the main spreads in my bullet journal for the year, take a look here. 

And if you’re interested in my other bullet journal posts, they’re all here.

What are your goals for May?

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April 2018 Roundup – Books, DIY and Halloumi Fries

Hello May!

Insert cliche “where is the year going?” remark. So before I rush ahead to my plans for May, it’s time to reflect on the month that’s just gone by. So here’s my April Roundup.

Blogging

I felt like I posted a little bit more this month but it turns out I just posted 6 times again. But they were mainly in the last couple of weeks so maybe that’s why. I haven’t got any huge plans for posts in May as I’ve been really blocked this year but I’ll just take things as they come and hope that I have enough inspiration to keep things moving around here. Fingers crossed

Mental Health

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I’m feeling a bit more like myself in the last couple of weeks. Even though it’s been pouring with rain, that little injection of sunshine we had did me good. And it looks like we’ve got some better weather coming for May so bring it on. There have been down periods of course but I’m just taking the bursts of energy as they come and rolling with them.

Food

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Topher and I paid Solita a visit after it being on our wish list for ages. Topher enjoyed his burger and I took a risk on one which didn’t end up working out for me. Seriously Diane, stopping getting fried stuff with a side of bread. But I do want to go back as all the other burgers on the menu look amazing. And we’ve both agreed that we need to go back for the halloumi fries alone. Damn those were good. Definitely recommend them as I’m still dreaming about them!

We also went for breakfast with Claire and Steve to Harvester in Ashton as they have a breakfast buffet along with your usual main dishes. They all got full english’s and I got pancakes as half on an english breakfast contains pork and the other half I don’t like. I usually end up with eggs on toast in that situation. And hash browns. But as they had pancakes on the menu I couldn’t refuse. Plus they came with fruit so that’s one of my five a day, right?

Finally, Topher and I also visited Tru Street in the Trafford Centre which was an interesting experience. Once again I didn’t make the best decision with meal choice but I would like to go back as there were so many nice things on the menu that I’d like to try. Topher loved his jambalaya and even I could have a taste of it as the whole restaurant is halal so no pork (yay!) They had substituted the chorizo for a beef sausage type of thing. Warning to those who are fellow wimps when it comes to spicy things – there are a lot of spicy things on the menu here.

Home

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I finally got our wedding photos up along with a few other frames for our landing gallery wall. Now I just need some more photos up there as it’s mainly prints at the moment. Decluttering didn’t go anywhere during April as there was just too much rain. We are hoping to get to a car boot this weekend though as it looks like it’s going to stay dry for a bit.

The lawn in the garden got mowed for the first time this season. I also got rid of most of a bush that was taking up a whole load of room on one side. I actually found a beautiful plant underneath it which is now flowering since it can see the sun! I have no clue what the people who owned the house before were thinking. They planted 3 fast growing creeper type plants all on top of each other in one corner of the garden. Not to mention the large bush that is under the apple tree so you can’t get anywhere near it. Even people who don’t know how to garden (i.e. me!) know that stuff grows so don’t plant stuff right next to each other. I’ll get it under control soon enough!

In other news, I sold my old car so all that drama is over now. Yay!

TV, Films & Books

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I’ve been watching a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race this month as I heard that Netflix was removing seasons 2-7 at the end of the month. I hadn’t seen 5-7 so that’s been rectified now. Of course I’ve been watching it so much that even Topher keeps going, “byyyyeeeeeeeeeeee”.

We only got to the cinema once again in April so really need to step it up in May to get our money’s worth of our Cineworld passes. We saw A Quiet Place which was amazing. It was refreshing to see something so original in the cinema. Go see it!

And in books, I wrote about the books I read so far this year and I joined the library. I got three books out on Saturday and read and finished one that day. So good! I’m going slower with the second one but am hoping to finish it before Friday when I head back to the library so I can return them.

Pickles and Luna

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Now that the sun is out, they’ve been spending a lot more time near the patio doors as that’s the sunniest place in the house. I’ve also been trying to cut down their food as the vet recommended me doing so. They’re not overweight but Pickles is a little on the big side for his age. They just want me to monitor him to avoid him becoming overweight. He’s a greedy boy who loves his food so this has been interesting…

Anyway, stay tuned for my next post of my plans and goals for May.

How was your April?

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