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Star on the Rise: Savannah Outen

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It’s not every day that you hear a voice that changes the way you think about music, but earlier this week I had one of those days. I was introduced to Savannah Outen by way of her YouTube video for Chandelier and was absolutely blown away. After watching the rest of her videos I knew she was really something special. I was lucky enough to be able to ask the almost-22-year-old singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon a few questions.

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Fashion Friday: The Perfect Interview Outfit

Looking to land your dream gig?  Don’t stress about what to wear to the interview along with everything else – we’ve got you covered.

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The Corporate Interview

Show your style while still looking conservative.  Go with demure trousers or skirt and a blouse.  Add bold (but classy!) accessories or a bright mani.

Get the look:

 

 

 

 

 

The Artsy Interview

Especially when interviewing for a creative position, your personal style esthetic is important.  Put together a classy outfit, but make sure it doesn’t feature too many trends or labels.  Try a unique shoe or bag with an understated blouse and trousers.

Steal the style:

 
 
 

 

No idea?

If you have no idea how formal or informal the work environment will be, or even what exactly the job is, you can’t go wrong with this classic look:

 

 

 

 

 

Find more great styles on our website.  And good luck at your interview!

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Meet the Team: Ellie


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Ellie. She’s a Consultant in our Human Resource Department. If you’d like to join our staff you’ll have to go through Ellie first. Hint, a deep fried Mars bar and a ticket to Westlife will go a long way. So without further adieu, let’s get to know more about her…

Aloha. That’s hello in Hawaiian.
Hey.

What’s your name?
Ellie Jones.

Not, “the” Ellie Jones?
I’m not sure what you mean.

Bit of an ice breaker there. What do you do at LightInTheBox.com Ellie?
I work in the HR department

And HR stands for?
Human Resources.

Oh, not Humungus Retar…oh dear! I almost slipped.
You almost said it!

Apologies. I almost said the R-Word. We’re having a campaign to stamp that out.
It’s a worthy cause. Go to www.R-Word.org today and help.

Right where were we… So what do you do at work?
I do administrative work and recruiting of new staff. My day to day varies depending on our needs and what stage I’m at in the recruitment process.

Break it down.
In a nutshell, I’m given vacancies by the HR department. These positions vary; some are IT, some creative, etc. I take these vacancies and write and edit their job descriptions – laying out what’s required for this position and what a candidate can expect to do here. Next I’ll post the job listing on job boards and other forums across the internet and begin searching for CV’s of potential candidates. When the applications come in, I’ll sort these, create short lists of candidates based on our requirements and submit this short list for the relevant department head’s approval. Next I’ll-

Give people raises.
No.

Give James a raise.
No, I can’t do that. What I can do is make sure the department heads are happy with the candidates and ready to interview them. Then I will arrange the interview, book the interview room and make sure the candidates know how to find us and show up on time. Should a candidate pass the first round, I’ll set up the next round of interviews and eventually have the company CEO approve the hire. Last step is to get all of the candidate’s bank and salary details and present them with a formal offer, get the papers signed, and welcome them to the company.

Snooze fest.
It’s a nice job and I enjoy doing it.

Pinch me.
Are we finished?

What’s your goal?
Tough question. I would say it’s to gain more experience and take on more responsibilities within my department. I’d like to deal with more in-house troubleshooting and eventually become the direct liason to all of the foreign staff.

Where are you from?
Surrey, England.

Smashing! What’s nice about Surrey?
Harry Potter is from Surrey.

Is that Prince Harry?
Sure.

That’s hardly a royal surname. Sounds like he’s handling clay all the time. Making pots.
Right.

Not very princely work.
Surrey is green and leafy and it has many pretty villages but is only a half hour commute from exciting London.

Why did you come to China?
Well the job market wasn’t good in England and I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I moved in with my mother for a while which was swell.

Home cooking?
She’s a good cook.

Deep fried Mars bars?
We’re not Scottish! So my friend was in China working already. She wrote me and invited me here. I came out looking for work and found room in the H.R. field so here I am. Hurrah.

Imagine your airplane was shot down by monkeys, who have somehow managed to build giant catapults. You crash on their island and now you live with them. What are three things you’d want to have with you?
Planet of the Apes on DVD, bananas and an army tank.

Should’ve said monkey repellant.
I could throw the bananas at them then get in the tank.

It’d get hot in there.
You didn’t say the island was tropical.

It was implied. What’s your favorite movie, TV show and band?
My favorite TV show is Gavin and Stacey, a BBC sitcom. My favorite band is Westlife and favorite movie is The Sound of Music.

Westlife…
I’ve seen them live three times. Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian. Dreamboats. Brian is the fat one who left. I am cool.

Brian was married to Eric Cantona.
Kerry Katona.

Oh. That must’ve gotten confusing. Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint.

Well thanks for your time Ellie. I’ve started rating interviewees, using a complex algorithm. You get a 9/10, congratulations.
OK thanks bye.

Ellie’s run off to interview my replacement. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: SuSu


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Liu Su. She’s a Designer in our Creative Content department. She does a lot of Photoshop, concept art and cracking wise. Let’s see what old Su Su’s got in store for us today…

Hi what’s your name?
My name is Liu Su but my peeps call me Su Su.

Your peeps?
Yeah that’s right.

What do you do here at LightInTheBox.com?
I’m a designer. Inspired by good times.

So what do you design?
Stuff. I like barbecue. Climbing.

I think our translator is broken.
Are you using Google?

Yeah but, what are you talking about?
Just answering your questions. Sometimes I use slang.

Yeah I’ve noticed. I really need to learn Chinese.
Sure that would sort the dog.

Ah yeah, so describe a typical day here what do you do?
Get up to the turtle to eat, then wash your face, go out to go to work – work, dinner with friends at home. Then regular weekend movies, that sort of thing. What do you think about my answer?

Man…alright nice. Are you doing this on purpose?
Maybe. Ha ha ha!

You’re clever but you’re not waterproof.
You’ll throw water on me?

Or something…
I work with the marketing department, designing banners and promotional material. I mainly use Adobe Photoshop. I’m responsible for graphic design on various projects. I work on promotions for Facebook and custom apparel graphics for our newsletter.

That’s better. So what’s your goal?
I just want all of our work to be beautiful and to be dynamic; to change with the times. I feel that my work gives me a good creative outlet. Obviously I can’t do everything I want to do creatively but I get enough creative input to feel happy in my work. I also work closely with other designers and with other members of the creative team. Usually the design process starts when a project lead comes up with a concept, then writes the initial copy. From there, one of the copywriters, like you, will come on board and polish the copy and consider the design’s basic layout. I’ll take it from there, ensuring the design meets the specifications of the project lead and writers, while being pleasing to the eye.

Sounds good. Where are you from?
I’m from Xinxiang in Henan.

Tell us about it.
Xinxiang has beautiful scenic mountains and Taihang monkeys. It also has walnuts, hawthorn, waterfalls, a skating rink…and my wonderful childhood memories.

What’s your favorite TV show, movie and band?
If we’re talking art, I have a lot of favorites. I like to focus more on the artist themselves. Russia’s Andrei Tarkovsky. Taiwan’s Edward Yang. South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk. Japan’s Shunji Iwai. Last but not least I love Antonioni from Italy. Oh and America’s Spielberg is cool too.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I don’t like it.

Really?
Yeah, why should I eat that? It’s junk food. I’m trying to maintain my figure.

You’re a rake!
You’re a shovel.

Touche. Describe yourself in three words.
I’m creative, diligent and funny.

Well, that’s a wrap. Su Su is probably off to photoshop the next silly cat meme. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Christine

LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Christine. She’s a Senior Brand Manager and makes a lot of phone calls. Christine is actually from Beijing and she has some interesting facts about China to share today. Let’s get to it, shall we…

Hi what’s your name?
Christine Xie. My Chinese name is Xie Ting but you can call me Christine.

What’s your job title Christine?
I’m a Senior Brand Manager. Is that enough information? Just my position?

Well, what do you do everyday? Break it down now…
Well we cooperate with 4A agencies and I’m in charge of liasing with them. 4A agencies are advertising agencies. They’re experts in creating brand strategies and can help us build up our company’s image. Right now I’m working on a new secret project. I can’t tell you about it.

Oh come on you can tell me. I’ll ask the readers to cover their eyes. Cover your eyes readers!
It’s to do with our wedding merchandise, it’ll launch soon and when it does it’s going to be amazing. That’s all I can say.

Right, well I’m going to have to torture you then. Open your eyes readers!
I’ll never tell. We need to prevent other companies from poaching our ideas before the launch. I’ll take this to the grave if I have to. Go ahead, pull off my fingers!

Well I was just going to tickle you…maybe have Teresa sing some Peking Opera songs, nothing that serious.
No! Not the opera! Just kidding. I love Peking Opera, it’s wonderful. It’s so full of historical stories.

Ugh, moving on. Where are you from?
I’m from Beijing, but my ancestors are from elsewhere in China. I’m a Chinese minority.

What do you mean?
China has many ethnicities and I’m one of the ethnic minorities. I’m Manchu. Manchu people are mostly from the North East of China. My people were dominant during the Qing period. These days most Chinese people are called “Han” and they are the ethnic majority. Approximately 95% of Chinese people are Han.

Fascinating stuff. What’s the best thing about Beijing?
It’s my hometown so the sites don’t interest me that much. I’d say the best thing is the food. There are many styles of Chinese cuisine and you can find them all here. From barbecued lamb to all kinds of soups, fish, noodles, you name it. Of course I like home cooking the best.

You’re making me hungry! What’s your favorite movie, TV show and singer?
My favorite movies are Lust, Caution, Brokeback Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. I just like some classic TV such as Honglongmeng, which means Dream of the Red Chamber. I’ve seen it many times. For music I like Ono Lisa very much. Her music is so warm and silent.

Come on now Christine, music can’t be silent.
I just mean it sounds like silence if silence were a sound. It sounds relaxing. I mean it sounds relaxing! My other favorite is Xuwei, a great chinese rock-and-roll singer.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
I don’t know, anything by Haagen-Dasz is okay I guess.

Describe yourself in three words.
Wow that’s a tough one. Optimistic, passionate and pure-hearted. See ya!

Christine has some top secret business to attend to, so we’ll catch up with her later. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.