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Preparing For A Job Interview Is No Easy Task, So We Asked You For Your Best Advice And Here’s What We Learned

Preparing for a job interview takes a lot more than Googling a list of common interview questions. You have to make a great first impression —aka. look amazing, but professional (no wrinkly suits here!), have a great knowledge of the company you’re interviewing at, and its product, and, of course, know exactly how to convey that you’re the perfect fit for the job.

So to help you get prepared, we asked our followers on Instagram what their advice would be to ace a job interview.

 We compiled a list of our all-time best pre-interview tips and tricks from all of you guys. From strategizing about how to tackle the toughest questions to packing your briefcase… to just breathing—Here’s how to make sure you bring your A-game.

It might sound silly, and yes, it’s easier said than done but RELAX

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“Breathe!!!” Andrea (@a.e_a.m), one of our lovely followers wants to remind you that in order to make a good impression, you have to collect yourself. “Being nervous is normal. Think positive, make a good impression, smile, shake hands, at the end of your interview thank them for their time and always ask at least one question… “what does a typical day on the job look like” “what do you like best about working here,” and we couldn’t agree more. 

Dress to impress —and don’t complain about your previous workplace.

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It sometimes may happen that every inch of your being wants to exclaim loudly what a nutjob your horrible boss was at your previous workplace, but you need to figure out a way to talk positively about your bad experience. Come off as too critical, and recruiters won’t want to move forward with your application.  Like Alex Moreno-Nwogu puts it: “First impressions are everything. A firm handshake, good body language, a big smile and being relatable will help 100%! Don’t complain about your situation, or downplay your last position. In the end, thank them for their time and for the opportunity. 2 big factors of denying someone employment is their demeanor. If you act like you are too good for the position, or like you know everything, the interviewer will make the assumption you are not trainable. If you are too relaxed, you will come off as lazy and unreliable. The equal medium of polite, excited and determined is what people like! Iron your clothes, spray some smell good, wear a watch (means you are conscious of time) and go get it!”

Don’t show up empty-handed

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Picture this nightmare: You walk into an interview for your dream job, shake hands with the hiring manager, sit down, and then realize you’ve arrived completely empty-handed. We’re talking no copies of your resume, no pen, and paper for notes—heck, it’s a miracle you remembered to put on deodorant! Unfortunately, your lack of preparation may have just cost you your dream job. 

Lety Legaria said it loud and clear, “Always take extra copies of your resume. The employee may already have it but it’s best to be prepared.” You most likely already submitted your resume when you applied for the job, but don’t assume the interviewer will have a copy of it on hand. Hiring managers get busy and sometimes forget to print out your resume. Why bring multiple copies? You never know how many employees you’re going to be meeting with.

Other helpful things to bring are, business cards, a portfolio or examples of your work and a folder to store everything neatly —it’ll make you look more prepared. 

Be assertive —make eye contact.

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Making the right amount of eye contact in an interview can make the difference in whether you successfully snag a job. According to UCLA professor and researcher Albert Mehrabian, 55 percent of messages processed by the brain are based on a person’s body language. This means that your facial and eye movements are constantly being judged. Nelida Gonzalez said “As cliche as it is, EYE CONTACT! Maintain eye contact as much as you can. An intense eye state distracts from minimal flaws.” Remember: The eyes become the window into your interest level, confidence, and professionalism during an interview. When you establish good eye contact, you’ll feel heard and appear likable.

Ask questions —clarify your own qualifications.

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We got a great tip from @alwaystired13, “One thing I’ve learned is to ask after my interview if there is anything on my resume that is not clear or if they would like some clarification on. Can help clear up doubts on previous experience.” An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your interviewer about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you. And also, why not, ask them if they have any more questions about you!

Look into the STAR method

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Jessica Hernandez shared a piece of wisdom with us, and now we share it with you: “Practice practice practice behavior interview questions (ex/ tell me about a time when…). Have at least three different stories and make sure to use the “STAR method” when telling ur story. It helps with organizing your story and highlighting urself in the best way.” 

If you, like us, are left wondering, “ok, but what is the STAR method?”We got you: It’s a helpful method that provides a simple framework for helping you tell a meaningful story about a previous work experience. So, let’s break down that framework. STAR is an acronym that stands for:

Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate—know your worth. 

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Beatriz Orozco reminded us of a VERY important thing when searching for a job: “Make sure they have an HR! Negotiate, colored applicants are less likely to negotiate than white candidates. KNOW YOUR WORTH.” —louder for the people in the back! It’s no secret that the gender wage gap impacts women of color more acutely – black women make 63 cents to the white man’s dollar and a Hispanic woman stands to lose over $1 million over her 40-year-career compared to her white, non-Hispanic male counterpart. So look after yourself, and don’t settle for anything less than what you, and your skills, are worth. Communicate in a manner that exudes confidence, not arrogance or disrespect, and get that bread!

Send a ‘thank you’ note

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Eve Barrios gave us a pretty good recommendation: “Go old school and send a handwritten note thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.” Typically, as with email, send a separate (and unique) thank you to each member of the employer’s staff who interviewed you. Also send a different thank you to an external recruiter, if one referred you to the job. Pro-tip: If an external recruiter referred you, ask them which thank you is most appropriate for the employer, including whether email is appropriate and acceptable by this employer.

Brujas On Instagram Are Filling Your Feed With Spiritual Guidance And A Place To Relax

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Brujas On Instagram Are Filling Your Feed With Spiritual Guidance And A Place To Relax

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This story was updated on April 14, 2020.

Most Latinas were raised to quiver at just the mention of the word brujería. Many of us were taught that it was evil, a wild, crazy and ungodly practice that ensured our entry into the fiery gates of hell. But as the modern Latina embraces intersectional feminism, and its ideas of self-love and decolonization, many have found a heroine in the bruja foremother whose traditions were demonized because they could not be controlled.

Finding power and strength in natural healing, spiritual wellness and ancestral knowledge, a growing number of Latinas are reclaiming brujería and creating spaces online for education, health-giving and straight magia. Culture makers like Princess Nokia and Nitty Scott incorporate it into their music, platforms like La Brujas Club and Bruja Tip support those on their spiritual journeys and shops like Curandera Press and Brooklyn Brujeria sell goodies for the proud bruja.

Whether you’re just curious or are actively seeking mystical empowerment, here are some brujas who can teach you more about magia.

1. Tatianna Tarot

Tatianna Morales, more popularly known as Tatianna Tarot, is an intuitive tarot specialist, medium and ritual practitioner who uses her Instagram feed to share readings, inspiring messages and fun witchy memes. The New Orleans-based puertorriqueña’s approach to divination is highly accessible, and she has curated a profile that is as impassioned and encouraging as it is vibrant and beautiful.

Join her Virtual Spiritist Prayer Circle on Friday, April 17th from 9:30pm ct / 10:30pm

The virtual gathering helps participants elevate their ancestor and spirit communication. Expect prayers and messages and a ton of beautiful vibes.

2. La Loba Loca

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Feliz dia de las brujas! To all the femme + womxn that stay loving the earth, soil, water, air, non-human-beings, their communities and themselves fiercely. I am a flower bush in between elder and bladderpod flowers 🌺 thankful for all the resilient and rebellious spirits of muxer and femme brujas ancestors burned on the stake, killed by the heteropatriarchy, silenced by the church… we can never burn because we are 🔥! I got a 15% off my online store lalobaloca.bigcartel.com code:bruja + today is the last day to register for RADICALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY MENSTRUATING ONLINE COURSE (link in bio) + if you want extra perks and support this flower elf become my $$ supporter at Patreon.com/lalobaloca 👽 If you party today, don't forget to soltar un aullido or pour some water to the earth for all the so-called brujas, the hxstorians, the gardeners, the seed keepers, the midwives, the gaslighted bitches, the survivors that speak up and are not believed, the survivors that do magic w/o disclosing their experiences, the medicine makers, the mothers being nurse and doctor, the soil workers, the curanderas, the disposed, the care takers… all our ancestors whose magic organized religion, cisheteropatriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism tried to destroy and didn't. I sent this photo to my mom, tias, primas y abuelas today because it has been all their femme magic and labor that got me here. It has always been femme labor and brujeria feminista that makes this world go around. ALWAYS. #medicinafeminista #brujeríafeminista

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La Loba Loca is a queer yerbetera, seed-saver and doula. The Los Angeles-based perunx often shares tips on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health. Loba also provides positive messages on their Insta, home remedies and promotions for classes, consultations and items like moon pads and bruja feminist gear.

Eclass on April 18 for tending to your garden.

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Check my new e-class and sign up LINK IN BIO, the recording will be available and the early bird sliding scale starts at $18! This knowledge share is for those people interested on learning about starting a garden and keeping a garden using simple and accesible tools. I am going to share with you how I started gardening and how I have turned super sad LA city soil into a vibrant community of plants and microorganisms. I call my garden a "chacra", that is how we call the spaces we cultivate and love on back home in Arequipa. I come from a long line of soil workers, Abuelita seed savers and tias that love on their gardens like each plant was their wawita/baby. I have fallen in love with plants and gardens and I want to share that with you! In this knowledge share we will be focusing on: -the garden as a physical and spiritual space… also as a political space! -building soil and ways to do simple composting and repurposing food and waste to feed soil -how to grow directly in soil (even if it is a small space) -how to grow in containers -basics on growing seeds, choOsing what pants to grow and how to keep them alive -focusing on fast growing plants and strategies to grow medicine and food during a pinchi pandemic that feels like the end of the world as we know it but also finding hope in the plants thriving around us! Join us 🌿link in bio🌿 first group to sign up gets in the run for seed packets💕 #abuelitaknowledge #garden #urbangarden #urbangardening #plantconnection #plant #queer #femme #herbalism

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This class is for people interested in learning about starting and maintaining a garden using simple and accessible tools. According to La Loba Loca she started gardening by turning “super sad LA city soil into a vibrant community of plants and microorganisms.”

3. The Hood Witch

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✨"TheHoodwitch.com is a website/store/blog and community that I had been working on for the last 4 years. It started as a play on words, with roots to a deeper meaning: a reference to the very real "hood witches", healers, curanderas, wise women, priestess, and most importantly my grandmothers. In Black and brown communities brujas were and have been the healers. They are the shoulders to cry on, they could give you a recipe to clear up your colds, bring love into your life, or offer protection. They are the beacons of light for their community and that has always inspired me, knowing that this magic is in my blood. Yesterday, I released my very first recorded interview for @wearemitu as the founder and visionary behind my brand, I've always stayed lowkey, because I wanted to be known for providing tools and not my appearance. In fact, most people have come to only know me for my signature stiletto nails & hand tattoos. I felt it was important more than ever now to show that I am a real person a strong Black & Mexican woman and to put a face to what I've created. The Hoodwitch has been such a source of inspiration for many and this experience has allowed me to explore my understandings deeper of metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in ways I never thought possible. I have always believed my purpose in this life was to share, uplift, support, and spread love to the world around me. (Read more below)

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True to her motto, The Hood Witch, also known as Bri Luna, offers everyday magic for the modern mystic. The part-Mexican, part-African American serves her nearly 200K followers by blessing them with self-love notes, self-care tips, hilarious bruja memes and a series of items for sale, like crystals, sage, themed tarot decks and books.

Daily reminders of your worth.

The Hoodwitch has no scheduled events for the Coronavirus quarantine from what we can tell BUT she has a whole heck of a lot of daily advice and hype up.

4. Chiquita Brujita

Chiquita Brujita is a Brooklyn-based fortune teller and bruja dancer. The Boricua’s Instagram is a revolutionary, feel-good, spiritual experience, with posts about liberation, dance — particularly the Afro-Puerto Rican bomba — as resistance and love, and her stunning self-made candles.

Get in on her Magic Mondays

Join Chiquita every Monday for the ultimate house party.

5. Indijam

Agnes Ito, known on the ‘gram as Indijam, is a spiritual mentor, alchemist and light worker whose Instagram will brighten your newsfeed with positive affirmations and bruja tips. A self-described “recovering undercover over-lover,” the Peruana-Filipina often posts about self-love and self-pleasure as well as protecting the heart while allowing it to love after heartbreak.

6. Indigemama

Panquetzani, known more commonly on the interwebs as Indigemama, is a holistic womb counselor, wellness coach and full spectrum doula who uses her Instagram account to share posts about ancestral healing and learning to trust one’s self. With her work primarily focused on reproductive health and motherhood, the Los Angeles-based folk healer also uses her account to educate followers on Mesoamerican womb care techniques.

Go loca with her daily affirmations

Indigemama wrote these affirmations while breastfeeding my babies in quarantine. She wrote them while talking her eldest son through a meltdown on week two of no play dates and while playing with her “joyful toddler who has no idea about the global pandemic and both the ugliness + profound cooperation it’s brought out in people.”

READ: Poetry’s Been Called An Outdated Pastime, But These Latinas Are Breathing New Life Into The Art

Let us know the brujas you love to follow in the comments!

Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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As lockdowns continue to occur across Europe, Asia and the Americas, worrying reports of domestic abuse have spiked.

According to news outlets, women and men who are victims of domestic abuse are at risk for greater threats now more than ever. With so much of the world in lockdown, reports have said that many confined to their homes with their domestic abusers could become victims of the pandemic.
In a report by CNN, multiple studies proclaimed “that emotionally stressful events can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior at home. Researchers identified such spikes during the 2008 economic crisis, when major natural disasters hit, and also during big football tournaments.”

According to Lucha y Siesta women’s shelter in Rome, the crisis has made abuse all the worse.

According to an interview with Lucha y Siesta and CNN, one young woman had contacted the women’s shelter with reports of a controlling relationship turned violent. The unknown woman told Lucha Y Siesta that ” her partner of four years had always been controlling and abusive but had become much worse during the lockdown.”

With the current public health crisis overwhelming Italy’s resources the country has been forced to turn its direction towards fighting the virus as opposed to helping victims.

“The court procedures are working slower than usual because most people are working from home,” Simona Ammerata a woman who works for Lucha y Siesta and spoke to CNN explained. “The fear is that the legal decrees to protect women won’t be put in place in time.”

Domestic abuse searches have surged in countries across the globe. Not just Italy. Australia and the UK are among some of the countries to report these findings.

Refuge, a domestic violence charity based out of Great Britain has also rung the alarms about similar concerns.

According to CNN, victims of domestic abuse have been using trips to supermarkets and pharmacies to ask for help as strict rules about remaining in quarantine have made it particularly difficult for abused women to escape abusers.

Codeword: “Mask 19.”

Victims of abuse have reportedly been using the codeword “Mask 19” in interactions with pharmacists behind their local counters toa ask for help. According to Elle magazine, local authorities in Spain and the Canary Islands launched an action last week that supports domestic abuse victims in making reports. Those who are incapable of outrightly making complaints to staff about their abuse, are using the code “mask 19.”