Sophia Antoruso

New year, new job? Nail even the toughest interview with help from Nasty Gal founder Sophia Antoruso. She’s always got your back.

Q AII of my friends have amazing internships, but I worked to pay my way through school. Am I totally screwed for job hunting?

No. You probably got more life experience than all of your friends combined. For the record, life experience trumps job experience most of the timeit’s what separates girls from women. There are many people out there with incredible internships under their belts and absolutely no common sense. Now pat yourself on the back for busting your ass and making some money, and be prepared to conquer those job interviews with a level of maturity that far exceeds your years.

Q Are cover letters overrated? Do people really read them?

Underrated! Reading someone’s writing is like reading how they think. It’s so valuable to me, but still I see so few cover letters. I’m not sure if everyone reads them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I lold yourself to a high standard and the right people will take note. If no one reads your cover letter, at least you’ll have taken the time to explain to yourself what you’re looking for. Sometimes that’s even more useful!

Q l was fired from my last job. How much should I tell prospective employers?

I think it’s good to be straight-up with any employer. Context is so, so critical here.

Usually, someone leaves a company because it’s not a fit in one or both directions. You probably needed to know this before you got fired, but I’ll tell you anyway: Accept that your job isn’t working out before you are blindsided by something like getting fired. Make sure it’s known that it’s not a fit for you or your employer, and be respectful even if you hate your bossthis is an important relationship even if you never want to see her again. This will (hopefully) ensure that she will return the favor when that phone call comes.

Q Is it OK to ask what the hours are like during a job interview?

Of course! You should ask lots of questions.

It shows that you are invested enough in the potential role to have thought about it on your own time. You can phrase the question casually, like, “What is the office culture like?” “What kind of hours does the office keep?” Get an A-plus for asking, “What is the earliest in the morning I can show up to work?” Boom, hired!

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