Six Tips to Help You Crush Your Interview

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, but all opinions are my own.

I’m a junior in college and I’ve been going through the whole internship search lately. I have a full-on spreadsheet to keep things straight. If you’re in the same position as me, you’re probably in the same scenario. I’m going to be upfront: interviews for internships are hard. But don’t stress!

Lucky for you, I have several interview tips and tricks to make your interviews stress-free.

1: Tailor your resume to the job. If you’re looking at a retail job, having your experience working at a clothing store is helpful. But if you’re applying to a communications internship and trying to decide between putting your PR position in your sorority on your resume or your retail job, go with the PR position. It shows experience and your willingness to step up in your sorority instead of just an extra job on the side to make money.

2: Be prepared! Have a physical copy of your resume and cover letter (paper-clipped together so they don’t get lost) to leave with them, even if you submitted digital copies online. If it’s a phone interview, have your resume pulled up on your computer, your portfolio, and some speaking points that you want to address.

3: Dress professionally. I would always advise against jeans, even if the company typically wears jeans at the workplace. A lot of the creative companies that I am interested have super-casual attire, but I’m still not going to show up to the interview wearing workout leggings and a t-shirt.

Some common questions the interviewer may ask:

  • What are your strengths?
    • Here you have the opportunity to highlight what’s on your resume as experience and elaborate. Talk about your responsibility and dedication when working crunch deadlines at a previous internship. Reference a class project and your ability to work well in groups.
  • What are your weaknesses?
    • Always word these carefully! Don’t just come out and say that you’re never on time and you get bored easily. Instead, talk about a time that you struggled with a previous job and what you learned from it. It’s okay to admit your mistakes but showing that you’ve learned from them and have improved is essential.
  • What do you know about (subject)?
    • I was recently asked “what do you know about advertising?” Talk about a loaded question! I spoke about how advertising makes an impact on others outside of just the professional community, but I also expanded on a certain campaign that the ad agency (that I was interviewing with) had done and how several of my friends were talking about it, therefore it made a big impact on the Kansas City community. Always tie broad answers like this back to the company to prove you’ve done your research.

4: Have questions for them! I always ask what their favorite part about the company is. If they’re an ad agency, then I ask their favorite project they’ve gotten to work on. This is another way to show you came prepared to the interview and that you’re interested in the company.

5: Elaborate. You don’t need to ramble about your answers, but if they ask if you have experience with a certain program, don’t just end with ‘yes.’ Talk about a specific project you did and how you learned the program through the project.

6: Always send a thank you note within 36 hours. An email is good but a handwritten thank-you note can be even better – it shows that you took the time to consider the company and send them a personal message. Include another point about why you would be a great fit for the company and be sure to name everyone in the email. It would also help to reference something they brought up in the interview and reiterate your interest.

 

For this post, I paired up with Basic Invite to showcase their range of thank you cards! They have over 1500 thank you card designs, which is crazy. There are ones for everyone’s style out there. Basic Invite not only has thank you cards, but they also have a ton of different stationary and invitation cards to fit your needs.

I was able to customize each design to my liking, color scheme and all. I love the gold foil on some of the designs! Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. You can also choose from over 40 different envelope colors to match (and they’re all peel & stick instead of having to lick them – bonus!)

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual card so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. I loved this option and I think if you’re ordering bulk cards for a graduation party or a wedding save-the-date, this is an option that helps you be sure of your decision.

Thanks to Basic Invite for pairing up with me on this post!

What are you go-to interview tips?

xo, Hannah

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Valentine’s Day Look

Valentine's Day Outfit

I’m sharing this outfit with everyone today in honor of Valentine’s day! This is practically my everyday uniform, with a striped tee, jeans, a vest and my Adidas. My closet is crazy predictable and every time I add another striped shirt to it my roommates just sigh, haha. This is a look you can easily replicate as a casual outfit for class or work that still looks put together.

Valentine's Day Outfit
totally casual…you mean you don’t pose like this?

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

Also, quick shoutout to all my sorority sisters that walked past while I was taking these 😂 Thanks for not making too much fun of me!

Valentine's Day Outfit

While this is an outfit I would wear everyday, I switched it up a little with my makeup look! I’m actually wearing false eyelashes in this post. ESQIDO Lashes reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try a pair. The last time I wore false lashes was literally in third grade for a book report, so I have zero experience with them.

These were super easy to use! I was sent the ESQIDO Little Black Lash and their ESQIDO eyelash glue. I was worried about applying these and getting them to stay, but the glue worked really well and I feel like they looked very natural. I have pretty long lashes already but this helped give them an extra boost and make them look fuller. I did have to trim them a little to fit my eyelids but I think that’s normal! These would be perfect for a formal event or a date night.

The PR rep that contacted me said ESQIDO lashes have been worn on several Victoria’s Secret models like Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, and Gigi Hadid, and Rihanna. These are mink lashes and I was a bit concerned about this, but their rep told me they only work with suppliers that source naturally shed and recycled fur. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about cruelty-free makeup so take that as you will. I don’t want to claim to be an expert.

Valentine's Day Outfit

Valentine's Day Outfit

similar earrings / similar tee (I always get my striped tees at Old Navy, no surprise there) / jeans 

Happy Valentine’s day!

xo, Hannah

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J.Crew x New Balance Sale (under $25!)

J. Crew x New Balance Under 25

After some late-night internet browsing, I discovered gold! After the J.Crew x New Balance collection first came out, I was in love, but couldn’t find a way to justify the price. This sale instantly made me think of texting my KU blogger friend Ally (hey girl!), but I decided to share with all of you too!

I’m obsessed with everything in this collection, but there are a few that especially stood out to me. The best part about everything under this link is that it’s all under $25! Check out my favorites below.

J. Crew x New Balance Sale Under 25

navy capri leggings / navy zip jacket / quarter-zip jacket / light blue striped leggings / colorblock crop top / high-neck pink and blue crop top / tennis dress / pink sports bra / zip-front sports bra 

What’s your favorite?

xo, Hannah

P.S. – I’m browsing for a sorority formal dress so if you have any reasonable websites (under $40 here…on a college budget y’all) with styles like Anthropologie/J.Crew, hit me up!

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Notes from January | Life Update Vol. 1

Note: this beginning part of the post was written two weeks ago but it still holds very true to me! 

As I write this at 2am (it’s only the first week of the semester, y’all…) from my little chair in the ADPi violet patch – a.k.a. a fancy name for our lounge area upstairs – fueled by Alan Menken’s slowly dwindling Disney playlist on Spotify, my head is spinning with the concepts of ethical decision making and Rushworth M. Kidder’s four paradigm dilemmas. (talk about a name, jeez.)

My winter ethics class has pushed me to actually think about the impact my words can have on others. Previously I’ve used this blog just as a way to share my advice in a big-sister kind of way, which I love. However, I’d like to go a little more in-depth. I want to share my personal thoughts and feelings on different subjects, and share my passions with the world – or at least my small corner of the internet. I’m aiming to do so by using this blog as a slightly less-personal version of my journal (there are some things you just have to write out and let go) but I plan on starting today.

photo from ban.do

One

I’ve been living for Andy Grammer’s newest album lately. It’s called The Good Parts and believe me when I say that EVERY song is ‘the good part’ of the album. Seriously, it’s like the kind of album you listen to and think to yourself, “this one is my favorite,” then listen to the next one and think “wait, this one is my favorite.” Totally, 100% recommend. If I absolutely HAD to pick a favorite, like someone is holding me at gunpoint had-to-pick-a-favorite, it’d be the song 85. I think the message of this song stands out the most to me but my other favorites following (very, very) close behind are Civil War, Freeze, and Spaceship.

Two

I was at home the other day (I’ve only been back at school for two weeks and I’ve been home twice, oops) and went into Old Navy with my mom – no surprise there. I picked up these tank tops (in navy and pink) and these jeans. Now’s the time of year to hunt through the clearance rack because people are returning their online-only purchases, so they’re all marked down to 50%! My jeans were nine dollars. I couldn’t pass them up.

I now own four of this style of tank top, but they’re so soft and easy to dress up or dress down that I think they’re definitely worth it! I’m also loving this purse, this shirt, and this sweater. This 14° weather I’m waking up to is not my favorite, so I’m itching to add some lighter clothing for warmer weather to my closet. I don’t mind winter fashion but I am not someone who wears dark colors, so I’m excited for the seasonal palette to brighten up!

Three

I rebranded! I’ve been looking into doing something like this for a while with more modern fonts and a bolder color palette, and finally took the time to redo my logo. I love it and I think it’s a lot more ‘me.’ I’m also hopping back on the video train and need to find time to go through and edit my January recap video, but it’ll be up soon! Promise!

Four

Last but most important…my family adopted a new dog!

I didn’t share this on my social media or my blog but our dog Abby crossed the rainbow bridge back in September. We actually had to amputate her leg from cancer and that helped her a lot, but it came back. She’s in a much better place now and I’m happy she’s not in pain anymore, but it was still really hard to let her go and it’s still hard thinking about it. Our other dog Rosie is still with us and it made a huge difference having her with us throughout that time.

We’ve always been a two-dog family though and it was pretty quiet around the house, especially over winter break, without Abby around. I started sending my mom pictures of dogs I found on Petfinder throughout January and she kept telling me it was too soon, it was a bad time…but the last dog I sent to her I just could not get out of my head! She was at Petsmart on Saturday and Sunday and since she wasn’t adopted on Saturday, I told my mom she had to go see her on Sunday.

We visited and immediately fell in love with her, and since our other dog Rosie tolerates her (she is twelve and very much the dominant dog) we knew it was perfect. Riley is a nine-month-old shepherd mix (I’d say German Shepherd) and ornery, but super cute. She loves sticks, fetch and destroying every single toy in sight. I have to resist going home every single weekend to see Rosie and Riley.

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Much love,

Hannah

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Hannah’s Book Club: December 2017 + January 2018

When I was home for winter break (seems so long ago but it was literally last week…), I did one thing that I don’t get to do often at school: read! I knocked out five books over the break and two of them I read all in one day. Check out what I recommend below!

Hannah's Book Club: December and January

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway – ★★★★

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I loved this book and read it all in a day! It’s definitely an easy read, but it was just a fun, feel-good book. I thought it would be more ‘deep’ from the book description, but it was pretty simple. However, it was still a fun story.

From Goodreads:
Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena – ★★★

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This book was not my favorite, but the plot was interesting. It was very slow in the middle as they were trying to solve the mystery. I thought I guessed ‘whodunit’ but the ending totally shocked me! The author certainly led you to believe it was someone else throughout the whole book until just the last few pages.

From Goodreads: 
Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware – ★★★★

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Loved this one! It’s an intense mystery that didn’t feel slow to me at all (which is my biggest problem with mystery novels). I found this from Reese Witherspoon’s book club and anything Reese recommends is typically five stars in my book. This didn’t disappoint. The author, Ruth Ware, has been called “the Agatha Christie of our time” which is high praise! I liked this the most because there were several different subplots running throughout the main plot that kept you guessing. There was just about everything in this–romance, mystery, nostalgia–and that kept my attention. (The Woman in Cabin 10, her other popular book, is next on my list!)

From Goodreads:
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second-rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meade – ★

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I read this book in a day, but I actually hated it! I thought this was meant to be a dystopian novel sort of like Handmaid’s Tale, but it actually had a weird supernatural element that didn’t make any sense to me. The beginning half of the book was intriguing and I was liking the idea of the plot, but once the supernatural element was introduced, it totally ruined the book for me. I can’t really say much more without ruining the story, but I don’t recommend this.

From Goodreads:
Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret–one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option–one too fantastical to believe?

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – ★★★★★

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I loved this! I am way late to the game in reading this book but loved it nevertheless. It tells the story of Chip and Joanna Gaines and how they’ve built up a whole business around their design skills and thinking. I’ve had the opportunity to go visit Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas and liked it a lot, but didn’t understand the full extent of what the Gaines have put into their business. This gave me a new appreciation for the two of them and I want to watch this last season before their show goes off-air. I also want to read Chip’s book, Capital Gaines, to learn about his entrepreneurial thinking.

From Goodreads:
The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

Currently reading: Galloway’s Book on Running by Jeff Galloway…stay tuned for that riveting review 😉

xo, Hannah

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you had the best holiday season. I’m so grateful to everyone that reads my blog and for helping keep my little corner of the internet alive!

See you in 2018,
Hannah

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Junior Year Update

Hi everyone! I just finished my first semester of junior year and I thought I’d share a more personal look into how my life went.

School

I’m still a graphic design and journalism major. It was a pretty tough semester on me in terms of workload even though I only technically took 3 “real” classes. I took 12 credits of classes, 6 classes overall. Mondays and Wednesdays consisted of Women’s Strength Lifting from 9am to 10am, then Typography from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Strength Lifting

I loved my strength lifting class and highly recommend taking a class like this, or an intro to weights class if they offer them at your campuses’ rec center! Having it with only girls in the class made me feel comfortable if I didn’t know a certain exercise or if one of the other girls in the class pointed out my improper form. We would have a sheet for every day and now I have a full binder of workouts from my whole semester. I definitely noticed a big improvement in my fitness overall and I’d love to share a workout routine if you’re interested.

me after a required yoga course…I also learned that I absolutely hate yoga, haha

Typography

My typography class was very hard. The whole graphic design program at my school is really hard, not going to lie, and a lot of work, but it definitely pays off in the end. There were several nights I was up til at least 1 or 2am working on my projects due for the next day. This was my favorite project of the semester when we got to rebrand an airport anywhere in the world. (Any other design majors out there? I’d love to follow you on Behance!)

Tuesdays and Thursdays consisted of Intro to 10K Training from 8am to 9am (ish), Message Development (journalism) at 9:30am to 10:45am, and Principles of Visual Communication from 11:30am to 2:30pm. On Tuesdays I’d also have my journalism lab from 2:30pm to 3;45pm and every other Thursday for the first half of the semester was a Hallmark Symposium lecture.

Running

Intro to 10K training was a true mental test! All the class essentially consisted of was showing up in proper workout attire and running. We also had a few lectures about proper nutrition, foam rolling, etc. I began to learn that I actually enjoyed running (what?) and especially enjoyed running longer distances. This class motivated me to get out and run–because getting a B in my 1-credit running class would be extremely lame.post-run view on campus

Journalism

My journalism class was fairly easy and we just created several different television, radio, and print ads. I’m a fan of this one that I made–I thought it was pretty clever. This class wasn’t particularly difficult, but because it was right after my running class, I found it difficult to stay awake sometimes! I would have thought that working out in the morning would keep me energized but it had the opposite effect sometimes. I’m still trying to figure that one out–I think it may have been an issue with not eating enough after running.

Design

My other design class was also difficult. I found that I enjoyed these sorts of projects more. We designed two posters for an event (I picked Carnival in Rio), an album cover for Nirvana, a restaurant rebranding, and a motion graphic. The motion graphic was our last project in tandem with our type project, and I loved learning Adobe After Effects for this project. We were assigned a font and then had to illustrate certain characteristics of the font.

My journalism lab was just an extension of the lecture class. The Thursday class, Hallmark Symposium, is a lecture series presented by Hallmark (did you know they’re headquartered in Kansas City?) by notable designers and artists. We had to attend 5 out of the 7 lectures offered so I just knocked out the first five in a row. The most exciting speaker was Andy Beall, a Pixar animator who’s worked on several noteworthy films like Up, WALL-E, The Incredibles (I and II), Brave, Ratatouille, Monsters University, and more! It was very cool to hear his insight on the little nuances that make great designs.

Sorority

As you might know, I’m an Alpha Delta Pi and I’m living in the house again this semester. It’s extremely convenient and I like living close to all my friends in the house. However, as I’ve gotten older I’m excited to live in my own house next year with several of my friends! I also finished up my position as PR chair and decided not to run for a position again.

my roommates and me at semiformal!

Etc

I love my job more than ever and I’m enjoying every second of it. I got to work during fall camp in place of sorority recruitment and it was the best decision for me. It still makes me laugh thinking of how I got involved in this. Even though most of my childhood was spent going to every home KU football game imaginable, I’d spend practically all of them reading or playing on my Nintendo DS. I also spent more time than ever hanging out with my friends and developing closer friendships, and I’m especially thankful for that.

one of the many treats at fall camp 🙂

As of now, I’m taking an ethics class over winter break. I’m also attempting Vlogmas! My first two videos are up on my channel now. I’d love if you watched them and subscribed as well! My first two videos were interesting but I’ve decided to only make videos on days that I’m doing exciting things. I don’t like watching vlogs of other people sitting around and studying, so I chose to wait until winter break to start filming. If they go well then I think I might continue until I get back from winter break.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Hannah

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2017 Gift Guide: For the Fitness Guru

I’m back with another gift guide! I made this gift guide for the fitness guru in your life – whether they’re obsessed with yoga or running, this guide is perfect for all athletes of any fitness level. (P.S. I’m in finals week right now so I’m working through that, but once I finish I plan on producing a lot more content! Thanks for bearing with me!)

2017 Gift Guide: For the Fitness Guru

Wireless Earbuds: Perfect for working out without getting cords tangled up in the way!

SpiBelt: This running belt holds your phone, ID, keys, etc when you’re working out. I prefer this to an armband because they don’t bounce as much.

Sneakers: These Adidas shoes are my favorite (I have them in navy). The cloudfoam insert feels like memory foam and I could wear these shoes all day.

Garmin watch: I asked for this for Christmas! While it’s certainly an investment, it doubles as a workout watch and a smartwatch. I think the design is sleek enough that you could wear it in the gym and to class.

Fitbit Charge 2: I currently own this Fitbit and I’m definitely a fan. I’m wanting to upgrade to the Garmin because it has a built-in GPS, but for the casual gym-goer in your life, this Fitbit is perfect.

Headbands: Any girl needs a headband to keep her hair clipped back while she’s working out. And with the trend of guys having longer hair, this could be helpful for your guy friends as well!

Running shirt: Ever since I started running in tech shirts and not old cotton t-shirts, I can’t go back. This long-sleeved shirt would help keep your friend warm throughout working out in the winter.

Race registration: This obviously pertains to your friend and location, but I think race registration is a great gift idea for someone that already runs and is wanting to run a race. I would ask them beforehand if they were interested though – it may ruin the gift idea but you don’t want to give the wrong idea!

S’well bottle: Vacuum insulated water bottles are the best ones out there and I prefer Hydroflask above the rest. They will keep your water cold literally all day and they don’t have a gross metallic taste. I also prefer the sport cap!

Thanks for reading!

xo, Hannah

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2017 Gift Guide: For the Boys

The hardest part of Christmas gift-giving for me is finding gifts for my family members – most importantly, my brother and my dad. For those of you that have the same struggles, I put together this gift guide for the guys in your life for you! I asked my brother for several recommendations so these are things that a boy would actually want. I don’t have a boyfriend, but most – if not all – of these gifts would work for boyfriends too.

Gift Guide for the Boys | Hannah With a Camera

Smathers and Branson key fob // Bluetooth speaker // Wireless Headphones // Patagonia Fleece // Nike Shoes // Southern Tide Pullover // Watch // Hat // Tie // Insulated Water Bottle // Ray Bans // Leather Wallet

Let me know what you’re gifting to the guys in your life—I’d love to know!

xo, Hannah

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