5 Interview Tips

Hey friends! Recently I have been getting messages asking for advice and tips for people entering into the workforce right after college. Maybe it’s because graduation season is quickly approaching or maybe it’s because I have been sharing a little more about my 8-5 career! Either way I love sharing tips on this topic so today I am sharing 5 powerful interview tips that will totally prepare you to nail your next (or first) job interview!

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Outfit Details: Top: Shein and similar Amazon one here | Blazer: Express | Pants: Express | Heels: DSW |Handbag: DSW

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Powerful Interview Tips

  1. Make sure you research the company you are interviewing with – you don’t have to be an expert by any means but you should know some high level facts. For example, 3 things I like to know before interviewing with a company are:
    • When and how the company started- Researching information such as this will open up so much knowledge. Referencing some of these facts during your interview will really show the interviewer you did your homework.
    • The company’s mission and values- knowing a company’s mission and values should be a reason you want to work for them. Becoming familiar with this will allow you to speak to your knowledge about the company as well as give you the opportunity to talk about how your personality and work ethic align with those values and mission.
    • How much the company has grown in the past xxx years. Researching this could also help you talk about why you are interested in working for their company. The possibilities of your career growth for example.
  2. Be truthful but smart when explaining why you are interviewing for a new job– This won’t apply if you are a new graduate on the hunt for your first job but if you are leaving one company for another, really think thoroughly about how you will answer the interview question, “why are you seeking another job opportunity?”. If it’s because you see the potential of more professional growth with the new company versus your current company, great. But if it’s because you are currently working in an environment where you feel like your co-workers are not “team players” or just don’t work as hard as you do and you don’t want to be around that anymore? Be careful on how you word that. Although it may be true, trust me I’ve been there, but you don’t want to come off as a complainer and you definitely don’t want to have the interviewer thinking, “what if it’s you that’s the problem?”. In all honesty, I have definitely thought that when interviewing candidates.
  3. Study your resume- this may sound silly but I have interviewed quite a few people that when I asked about a past job it was like they didn’t totally remember what they did there. I can understand how you may have forgotten things about a position that you worked at 4 years ago but when you are stepping into an interview be prepared to talk about how you thrived and/or grew professionally in each position you have held.
  4. Use examples to answer the obvious interview questions. – I’ve had a few off the wall interview questions like “what items are in your trunk right now?” but if you have sat through an interview or 2 in your life you will know that there is a 99.9% chance you will be asked: “What are your weaknesses?”, “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” and “What would you consider your greatest strength?”
    • What are your weaknesses? – I feel like this question is a trap, haha but I always ask it and I have always been asked it when being interviewed. My best advice is to provide an example of when you realized your weakness (this proves self awareness) and then provide an example of how you overcame that weakness (this shows problem solving skills and the motivation to want to better yourself). For example, instead of just saying “I’m a perfectionist” you can describe a time when you took a little longer on a project because you wanted it “just right” but how that made you realize you were holding up the people who were waiting for you to complete their part of the project. Explain how you were still able to meet deadlines but realize that your “weakness” may affect other people. Talk about how you have improved this weakness by giving yourself an allotted timeline to complete the project and really utilizing your attention to detail to ensure your work is done right the first time.
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? – This would be a great opportunity to give an example on the research you have done on the company. Maybe the department you are applying for has grown tremendously in the past 5 years and you see that as potential for your professional growth. Try to be specific as possible as to what you are wanting in each year. For example, year 1, I forsee myself training and working diligently to becoming an expert in my role. Year 2 and 3 I would like to take full advantage of working closely with my colleagues to understand what each manages and to understand the processes as a whole. Year 4 and 5 become certified in xxx and be considered for xxx role within the company. This is a generic example but you really want to show that you do have a goal for your professional career and you are telling them that even though you do want to grow and promote, that you want to do it within the company.
  5. Follow up and thank them – most likely the interviewer is going to be interviewing other people. Making a lasting impression during your interview is important but that might not last if you are the only one who didn’t send a thank you card or email. Things to say in your follow up:
    • Thank them – thank them for their time and giving you the opportunity to meet with them face to face.
    • Reference something that was said during the interview – maybe it was something personal you guys talked about (bonus points!) like how you both were dog lovers or bonded over how you both have kids the same age. Giving the interviewer that feel good feeling again will score you major brownie points!
    • Re-iterate – re-iterate why you think you will be a great fit for the company and the open position.

I really hope this blog post on interview tips was helpful! If there any questions, please feel free to comment below or email me! info@roselynweaver.com.

Good luck!

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What I Wore In New York City

Hi friends! After 10 glorious days in New York with my little family we are back home in Houston. I plan on sharing all of the kid friendly things that we did in New York next week but I wanted to share all of the outfit details asap because I am getting so many messages from you guys since I totally failed at linking everything in real time. 🙁
I am so sorry!

Typically during New York Fashion Week I shoot with Banavenue Photography so I have everything linked for you prior to posting, but this time around it was Fashion Week/family vacation so I was really trying to balance my work load and really not work too much after my meetings. Clearly, I failed and decided I wasn’t going to link anything in time, ha! But making it up to you today and sharing all outfit details below!

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Sweater: Target | Stripe Pants: Forever 21 | Tweed Jacket: Zara | Booties: DSW | Handbag: DSW

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Embroidered Sweater: Haute Rogue| Jacket: Revolve (the hubby picked this out all on his own! | Denim: Nordstrom | Booties: DSW | Purse: DSW

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I wore this outfit twice during the trip, okay maybe 3 times 🙂 I actually posted this one on Instagram here | Teddy Coat: Amazon | Leggings: Nordstrom |Silver Boots: Amazon | Sweater: Target

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Cami: Express | Pants: Zara | Coat: Zara | Booties: DSW | Handbag: DSW

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Look how happy I am to be in a Starbucks Reserve, lol!

Sweater: Old Navy | Coat: Old Navy | Denim: Nordstrom | Shoes: Shein

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Blazer: Zara and similar here | Denim: Nordstrom ( I only packed one pair of jeans for New York so if you saw me in an outfit with jeans, this is the same pair | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (can you believe Brandon picked these out on his own too?! He is seriously the best gift giver! These exact ones are sold out but here are a grey pair| Brandon’s Blazer: Express | Vest: Express | Pants: Express | Shoes: DSW

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Sequin Blazer: Shein | Cami: Express | Denim: Nordstrom | Booties: DSW | Handbag: DSW

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Adidas Sweatshirt: Amazon | Leggings: Nordstrom | Boots: Amazon | Jacket: Abercrombie (sold out in yellow but linking a cute yellow moto jacket here | Sunglasses: Nordstrom

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One of the most asked about outfits from the trip! It’s so cute and comfy! Plus these golden goose dupes are great too! I highly recommend sizing up a full size in the shoes. Pants and sweatshirt run true to size.

Sweatshirt: 2(X)ist can also be found on Amazon here| Joggers: 2(X)ist can also be found on Amazon here| Golden Goose Dupes: Shein

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Blazer: Zara (and found a similar one here) | Top: Shein | Pants: Forever 21 | Booties: DSW | Handbag: DSW

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Wifey for Lifey Sweatshirt: Target | Thermal Pants: Target

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My Outfit| Cami: Express | Skort: Zara | Jacket: Zara | Handbag: DSW | Booties: DSW

Brandon’s Outfit | Blazer: Express | Pants: Express | Button Up: Express (can you tell the man loves Express? haha!) Tie: Gucci (this was actually one of the gifts I got him for our anniversary. I shared his gifts in this post.) | Shoes: DSW

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Embroidered Sweater: Haute Rogue (linking a similar one here | Denim: Nordstrom | Boots: Amazon

Another most asked about topic, “what Chanel bag did I get?!” Sadly, I didn’t end up bringing one home. *insert ugly cry here. This is the bag I want. The medium, calf skin boy bag with silver metals. Neither Bergdorf or Chanel on 5th Ave had it. They had the small, they had the new medium, they had the one with the gold metal detail but not the one I wanted! Waahh! Of course, both sales representatives offered to order it for me but that’s not the same LOL. This will be my first Chanel handbag purchase and I just pictured checking out and angels singing as the salesman handed it to me 🙂 Is that too much to ask for? LOL. So I’ll have to swing by another Chanel store before my husband changes his mind, haha!

I’ll be sure to share with you all once I get my hands on it!

If you have any questions about sizing on any of the outfits I shared, feel free to comment here or email me at info@roselynweaver.com.

xo, Roselyn

Thank you, next.

I felt like I needed to dedicate a post to all my single gals out here! As we head into a month that is all about celebrating love (plus it’s our wedding anniversary) I thought what more perfect time than now to share a little bit of my rocky road to love, haha! I always rave about how amazing my husband is (because he totally is!) but it was not smooth sailing to get here!

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Outfit Details: Hoodie: Target | Denim: Nordstrom | Booties: DSW

Some of you caught my Instagram story last month where I shared a little about my previous relationship. I received so many messages that people appreciated me sharing that so I wanted to put it here.on my blog. where it’s probably going to stay permanently so that all my single gals can read it, laugh and just relate to it all together after a bad date or break up.

See, before Brandon, I was engaged. It was young love and it all happened so fast that I had no doubt he was the one. We dated for about a year and a half and stayed engaged for another year. I don’t really share this but he’s the reason I moved to Houston. Well fast forward to 2012. He ended up being an alcoholic. There were more instances than I can count where he would just be gone for days at a time. I had no idea where he was, he would just turn off his phone and I would just go into work with my engagement ring on and people would ask me how wedding planning was going and I would be like “oh it’s going great”. NOT.

I vividly remember one of the many times he told me he was going to stay out of the bars. I don’t have a problem with going to a bar you guys but this was an every day routine. He would get off of work at 7am and a bar is where you would find him. Anyway, I remember one time when he told me he was going to stay out of bars that week. I was heading home from work, pumping gas and I see his truck pull into the bar across the street. So naturally, I call him and I’m like “hey I’m heading home, where are you?”. He replied “at the grocery store”. I immediately hung up and I drove right across the street and walked into where he was. Clearly all of the “regulars” knew who I was and my ex must have shared that he wasn’t supposed to be there because everyone just looked at me in complete shock when I walked in. It was like dead silence.

My ex got up, walked out and drove off. He didn’t drive home though. It was about 3 days until I even heard from him again.

For the last 6 months of our relationship we dealt with similar instances off and on. Everything would be going good and then something would happen that triggered an argument and then he would be #gonegirl. Well, I guess in this case, #goneboy.

It took me about 6 months to finally start thinking clearly. Previous to that I think I spent too much time reflecting on when our relationship was actually good and then for a while I started feeling like I couldn’t leave him in this condition. Who would help him break through his addiction if not me?

I will always remember this one morning waking up after about 5 days of not hearing from him and I didn’t have that feeling of “I hope he’s okay” like I had felt every other time. That was a moment of clarity. I hadn’t heard from my fiance for 5 days and I didn’t even care. That was definitely an eye opener telling me “it’s time to go”. It took me several months to get to that point. Up until then I was just making excuses for him and our relationship.

That day I rented a Uhaul, I packed up all of my stuff, moved in with my sweet friends and the rest is history. Well, sort of. He finally called me about a week later to ask where I was. I imagine that was the first time he had come home and saw my things missing. He had a lot of not-so-nice things to say to me at that point for “just up and leaving”. Trust me, I know I am not perfect but I knew that I deserved more.

Thank you, next.

Fast forward to 2013. Brandon and I’s friendship turned into so much more and now here we are, 2019, happily married and with the sweetest son. I’m not sure why we go through certain things in life but I am certain and can share from experience that it makes you appreciate things so much more and makes that happily ever after that much sweeter.

For my single girlfriends who have had your share of bad relationships, that prince charming is coming. That bad experience is a part of your story that you can laugh about later…I promise you’ll laugh later.

Enjoy that time you have as a single gal. Remember your worth. You know what you are capable of giving and you know what you deserve. If that person isn’t giving you exactly that?….thank you, next.

xo, Roselyn

Faux Fur Camo Coat

It’s goin’ down faux real 🙂 Today I am sharing this really cozy, faux fur camo coat plus what our weekend plans are!

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Outfit Details: Coat: Forever 21 | Tee: Nordstrom | Denim: Nordstrom |
Handbag: DSW | Sunglasses: Quay | Heels: DSW

This coat is so incredibly soft and I love the feminine twist on the camo. I am wearing my normal size medium and it fits perfectly. I styled it with heels and denim here but I think it would be so cute with leggings and your favorite sneakers too! Also, you know what is so awesome about the raw hem trend? The fact that you don’t have to pay to get them hemmed. You can simply cut the length of your jeans yourself and voila! perfect fit.

We are currently in some of our coldest days in Houston and if I’m being honest I don’t like it, lol. I mean I like visiting cold places but when we have to run errands in the cold, windy weather? No thank you! I thought we weren’t supposed to have to deal with that in Houston!

Are you guys having a great month so far? I sure hope so! January has been so jam packed for us that I didn’t even realize I was going to be out of town for every weekend in January except for one. The first weekend was spent with some of my favorite mama friends in Charleston, the second was with my dear family celebrating my Mom (I already miss them all so much!) and this weekend I am heading to New Orleans to spend some time with the Texas DSW Style Squad. Eeek, I cannot wait to spend some quality time with them, work a little and celebrate a lot! The DSW opportunity has been one of the highlights of my blogging career and honestly meeting each one of these girls is up there too so I am excited to see everyone!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and are feeling so inspired to do that thing you always wanted to do. Remember you are only 23 days into the year so if you have already slacked a little on that goal you set out for yourself, it’s okay girl. Give yourself some grace. Today is a new day and we can start strong all over again. The important thing is to not give up.

xo, Roselyn Weaver

Photos by Banavenue Photography

Girls Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina

I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks since our girls trip to Charleston. We had such a great time and came back with so many memories! If you are looking for a place to visit with your gal pals I would highly recommend Charleston. Today I am sharing where we stayed, where we ate and what we did! Oh and all of the outfit details, of course!

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It was my first time in Charleston and I always heard about how charming it was and now I totally get it! It was one of the most charming cities I have ever been to and I would go back in a heartbeat. Also, my middle brother was born there so before I left for the trip my parents were telling me all of the things they remembered from there so as we biked through the town I just imagined them walking through the city with my brothers as kids and that made this trip that much sweeter.

Where We Stayed:

Zero George hooked us up with the private Garden Suite which was just about as charming as the whole city of Charleston. We had our own little house that was complete with a living room and I can’t forget about the complimentary wine, cheese and 24 hour espresso service! I cannot recommend Zero George enough. The staff was so kind and accommodating. The property was as cute as can be and so close to everything that we were able to bike from the hotel to all of the spots we wanted to see. Oh and the pre-dinner cocktails we had at Zero Restaurant + Bar were pretty great too. 🙂

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What We Ate:

Aside from eating all the cheese boards and drinking all the coffee from Zero George, we stopped at a few delicious hot spots during our girls weekend in Charleston.

Breakfast at Millers All Day – I had the frittata which was yummy and the restaurant reminded me of a place you would see in Palm Springs. So cute!

Brunch at One Broad Street

Dinner at Husk – I had the NC Chicken dinner which was okay. Honestly, I think this restaurant is a bit overrated as it is always on everyone’s top places to eat in Charleston and apparently it’s super tough to get a reservation there. For that reason, it’s worth saying you’ve been there but if you can’t get a reservation during your visit to Charleston, don’t feel too bad.

Dinner at The Darling Oyster Bar– OMG, I wish I had a picture of the crispy fried chicken that Margret and I shared. It was SO good and one plate is definitely plenty enough for two people! The atmosphere was super cute and the cocktails were legit.

Sweet Treat at Jeni’s – We stopped by during our bike ride back to the hotel to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings. I had the salted caramel ice cream and it was delicious!

What We Did:

I loved that we walked and biked through Charleston all weekend. The only time we took an uber was to dinner each night because it was pretty chilly at night. Zero George provides first come, first serve, complimentary bikes which was another plus from our hotel stay. I would recommend biking or walking through the city because there are so many charming houses each way you look and that is the only way you can take it all in. FYI- you can get fined $500 for biking on the sidewalk. I wish someone would have told us the first day, haha.

King Street – surprisingly we all had intentions of shopping but I think only Jessica bought something. We sure did window shop in Gucci though but we all came out empty handed. King Street has a ton of chain stores as well local boutiques.

Charleston City Market – The city market is a must when visiting Charleston. Such a great place to grab souvenirs as all of the items found at the Historic Charleston City Market are certified authentic Made in Charleston items.

Republic – Our sweet new friend Hillary recommended that we go to Republic for some night life fun. If I’m being totally honest, Rebekah and I were just trying to run into the Southern Charm cast, haha. We actually got there right after dinner which was probably pretty early #momlife but Republic ended up giving us bottle service which started that visit off pretty great and we got to dance the night away.

The Battery – The gorgeous and huge houses along the peninsula are definitely a must see. Apparently these homes were built by some of the wealthiest families in the city and I’m not surprised.

Waterfront Park and Pineapple Fountain- I am so glad Margret brought us by here on our last day. It was just a quick stop on our bike ride back to the hotel but the fountain is always something I see on Southern Charm so that’s pretty important to me, haha! This area has a great view of the harbor and would be such a great spot to let your little one run around if traveling to Charleston with your family.

Rainbow Row- The iconic Charleston site is a series of houses near the water front painted bright pastel colors. Again, another charming stop and must see in the city in my opinion.

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If was such a fun weekend with some of my favorite mama’s and I would totally go back to charming Charleston in a heartbeat!

Pin this post if you have a girls trip to Charleston planned for the future!

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xo, Roselyn

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