How To Prepare For A Job Interview

Recently I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut when it comes to my job. I decided it was time to try and find something else that will bring back my passion but also engage my brain. With this in mind I started job hunting, looking at all the job sites which list local jobs.

Luckily I am still at the age where I’m pretty open to trying out different jobs to find out what suits. Already in my career I have worked in a hairdressers, beauty salon, Michelin star restaurant and a nursery, all of which I enjoyed but after a while I found myself wanting more from my work.

After browsing what felt like every possible job website I applied for around 6 jobs all from all different sectors. So far I have heard back from 3, with 2 of them offering me to attend an interview.

Even when I applied for my first Saturday job my Dad drilled into me the essential traits and factors that interviewers and employers are looking for. Since then I feel pretty confident walking into interviews knowing I have prepared the best I can.

Here are some of the things my Dad taught me and I still use for interviews today:

  • Fake it ’til you make it – Growing up I was never the most confident but in job interviews that is what they are looking for. Employees want to see you are confident and knowledgeable enough in what you are doing. Talking in front of people, let alone strangers who you want to impress, is difficult, but just remember that all you have to do is fake your confidence for 15-30 minutes and then it’s over. Over time you will find you aren’t faking it anymore and your confidence is natural.
  • Do your research – Preparing for an interview will also help you feel more confident about what you are talking about. Doing your research on the your prospective employer and incorporating this into your interview will show the interviewer you are serious about this job and have taken the time to learn information that will aid you. It is impossible to know everything you will be asked but knowing a rough idea of topics and scenarios you wish to talk about and relate is hugely beneficial.
  • Look smart – Depending on the type of job you will need to dress accordingly. For Saturday jobs it is unlikely you will need to turn up in formal attire such as a suit or blouse but it is still good practice to look smart and put together. Even taking the time to straighten your hair or clean your shoes can make a difference.
  • Be punctual – Nothing screams unorganised more than being late. Turning up to your interview on time is something that will definitely be looked at. You want to give a good impression from the start, not walking in late all flustered as if you’d forgotten you had to be there. I’d advice arriving 10-15 minutes before your interview and giving yourself plenty of time for travel especially if you haven’t been to the location before.
  • Speak calmly and slowly – Try not to rush what you are saying otherwise it’ll all just roll into one. Take your time whilst speaking making sure the interviewer is understanding what you are trying to get across.
  • Engage with the interviewer – Eye contact and nodding are great ways to show you are fully listening to what you are being asked although, you don’t want to look like a nodding dog who stares at you from the back of someone’s car. Whilst speaking try not to fiddle with anything or look at your hands. Make gestures and look at the interviewer as this shows confidence. If there a multiple interviewers keep scanning your eyes slowly up and down the table, making sure you are engaging with them all and that they have your attention.
    Ask questions – Many interviewers like when a candidate has some questions to ask as it shows inquisition and that you are eager to learn as much as you can. These can be very simple questions such as ‘how big is the team I’ll be working with?’ Or ‘what is your ideal candidate’ alongside any other queries you may have.

I hope these tips help for any upcoming interviews you may have. If you have any others feel free to share them below.

Tanologist Tan – Review

For a long time I never understood the hype of fake tan. All of my friends would spend hours perfecting their tan before a night out while I sat watching TV in my pyjamas with hours to kill. Last summer my Mum picked up a bottle of Bondi Sands 1 hour express tan for our holidays which sat in the cupboard unused until November. Before the festive season my curiosity got the better of me and the time had come for me – a pasty, red head – to try fake tan. After using it once I completely understood why everyone loves to be tanned and glowy.

Whilst I liked the Bondi Sands, it wasn’t my favourite and a new tan on the market had caught my attention of Instagram. This brand was Tanologist created by Lottie Tomlinson, a fellow blogger and. makeup artist.

Tanologist has a range of products including Gradual Tan, Tanning Drops, Tanning Mousse and tanning primer/eraser. I picked up the Tanning Water in Light which claims to be streak free and odourless as well as being a completely transparent liquid. The formula is designed in a way which allows you to control the darkness of your tan dependent on time, with 1 hour being the lightest and 4 hours being the darkest shade and everything in-between.

The formula is what drew me into this product as there is plenty of photographic evidence of streaky tans and horror stories of girls ending up 10 times darker than they wished to be. Since I’m a naturally a fair skinned girl I don’t want anything to drastic or end up matching my skin to the colour of my hair so having control of how dark I want to be eases my mind!

I prepped my skin by taking a bath and using the Avon Moroccan Bath and Shower Oil to moisturise my skin. This allowed me to shave and cleanse my skin ready for tan to be applied whilst moisturising my skin to prevent the tan clinging to dry areas. Using the oil allowed me to cut a step out of my usual routine of getting out the bath then slathering on moisturiser and waiting for it to soak in.

The bottle of Tanning water comes with a spray pump which makes application super quick and easy. Following the directions on the bottle I then used a tanning kit to rub in the water all over my skin in big circular motions. Compared to may usual tanning routine this took half the time which I was really impressed by. It was so quick I questioned whether I had applied it correctly. Whilst applying there wasn’t a distinct tan smell or fragrance to water which I was impressed with since I always make fun of my friends for smelling like beef hula hoops.

I didn’t know how long I was going to keep it on for but ended up leaving it on for the full 4 hours which left me with a subtle yet glowy and natural tan. Towards the end of the 4 hours there was a little bit of an odour to the tan however it was very weak compared to other tans I have used in the past. Since many tans claim to be streak free I was really intrigued to see if Tanologist actually lived up to what they are promoting to their customers and I can 100% say that I have no streaks on my body whatsoever, I don’t even have the darker knees, elbows and ankles which normally comes with tanning.

Before and After
Although subtle that is exactly what I wanted for my fair skin. Honestly this before photo doesn’t show my true pastiness! If you want to be darker there are the medium and dark ranges.

Overall so far in my tanning journey the Tanologist Tanning Water is my favourite so far. It left me with an all over even tan and streak free. Its safe to say this will be one of my go-to’s whenever I am wanting a tan.

You can purchase Tanologist directing through their own website or at Superdrug.

January Blues – Mental Health Awareness

After the festive period and celebrations it is common for everyone – mental health sufferer or not – to experience a low mood due to the happiness and excitement that goes with Christmas and New Year being over and normality restored. For some this isn’t the case and the festive period can be pretty miserable all around, so getting it out of the way will be a relief.

The festive period can be a time where loss and pain can be highlighted, making any kind of grief come flooding back. Christmas and New Year is known for bringing families and friends together for 2 weeks to eat, drink and party but for someone who has a mental health illness or has experienced loss, witnessing seemingly all happy families and friends all in one place, can make you feel the odd one out. It becomes blatantly obvious how much you’ve lost.

Personally over the festive period I have managed to keep it together, not finding myself overly low or down. Of course, just like anyone, some days are better than others but I wasn’t drowning in grief like I and other people around me were expecting me to do. Even though this surprised me, I decided not to dwell on it and keep busy as why would I force myself to feel low just because I had every right to be?

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Looking back I still can’t decide whether powering through was the right thing to do as I merely just carried on not wanting to be down. I know if I had truly allowed myself the opportunity to relay all the emotions and loss I have experienced in the last two years, I would’ve definitely struggled to get through it all. I thought I was listening to my mind by carrying on when in reality I was bottling up my emotions which all came fizzing out on New Years Eve.

6 days later and I’m now in a content medium, neither overly happy or low and for now that is all I need. This festive period has allowed me to realise I need to allow myself to feel the pain and anxieties inside of me every now and again to avoid it building up until I explode every emotion. We all know how much damage an exploding volcano can do.

To remind myself as well as you, I have composed a list of things that can help take care of yourself and for those days you need to focus on your self-love.

  • Spice up your daily routines. Take extra time and care in normal day-to-day activities in order to make them feel more of a treat. An example of this could be switching your shower for a bath using a bath bomb or soak.
  • Find a creative outlet whether its drawing, writing, cooking or blogging, putting your energy into something creative can have massively positive outcomes. If you make a cake or finish a drawing recognise the skill and achievements.
  • Turn off your phone. We’ve all read the articles on how continuously scrolling through social media can have an effect on your confidence and mood. Shutting off from instagram or facebook for the day can be refreshing. Talking to friends may also help so tell them to text so you can turn your wifi off and not be tempted to scroll.
  • Talk to someone you trust. Even if its just to acknowledge you are having a down day, telling this to someone and explaining it may help you to understand what you are feeling. Hopefully you all have supportive friends who will remind you how great you are.
  • Try to think positively. This may be the hardest one of them all but remind yourself this feeling won’t last forever. Look in the mirror and tell yourself ‘its perfectly fine to have a down day, I take some time to relax and look after myself and try again tomorrow’. Having a day like this is completely fine, don’t beat yourself up for it.

Thank you for reading, we’ll all get through January together. Here are some links for further information and reading on mental health if you are seeking support or advice.

New Year, New You?

New Year is a time for reflection and reminiscing on all of the things that have happened in the past year of your life. Looking back on significant life events such as going to university, getting your first car or getting your dream job is how we highlight how our lives have changed in the last year. Some of us are exactly where we expected to be and some of us are somewhere completely different.

Scrolling through social media posts and seeing advertisements as you walk around your town blazoned with how you can make your 2019 better than last year and how you can improve may be inspiring, but how long will you stick to your new goals? Throughout my life I have tried countless times to come up with New Year’s Resolutions that I promised myself I would stick to yet already failed by the time it hit January 10th. This year I haven’t made any. Why you ask? I’ll tell you why.

This last year I realised I always put changes and plans to improve myself to the side telling myself I would do it after summer, at the weekend, when it starts to get colder, or even the next year. For me a New Years Resolution wasn’t a serious promise I was making to myself about how I’ll improve, it was simply something to recite to my friends and family because all of them had one too. Waiting until New Year to change was just a way of putting something off and making an excuse for why I wasn’t doing anything currently to make a change happen.

Whilst on holiday in the summer I was struck with severe self consciousness of my body which I have never really experienced before. Sure, I have always had things I’d rather change about myself but I’d never been self conscious of what I was wearing or what people were thinking of how I looked. My Dad had instilled that into me from a young age. When I was struck by this in the summer I felt awful about myself the whole holiday, not wanting to be seen coming out of the pool and constantly wanting to be covered up. When returning home I realised that if I was feeling like this then I had to do something about it.

After doing my research I found a local PT and soon began training. My goal – simply to improve my overall fitness and strength. Even just putting these foundations down allowed me to feel more confident and better about myself knowing I was on the way to meeting my goals. Getting the ball rolling was half of the battle.

It’s now 4 months on and I already feel so much more confident in my own skin. Yes I’m not a Victoria’s Secret Model and so what? Thats not what I want but I am happy being me. Seeing myself progress has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

So, moral of the story is: don’t put things aside for another time if you truly want those changes to happen as how you’re feeling won’t change. Any day, week or month can be the time to start improving yourself whether it be in your health, overall wellbeing or anything else. I promise once you are over the mighty hurdle of bringing yourself to do it you’ll be ever so glad you did.

Happy New Year all! I hope 2019 brings you all nothing but health and happiness. If you want to change something go ahead and do it don’t just make empty promises to yourself, you’ll be the only one who suffers.