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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.

Meet the Team: Teresa


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re interviewing Teresa. She works in the Global Expansion team and handles our Spanish markets. Teresa likes to sell things and wear colorful dresses. Let’s find out more about her…

Hi what’s your name?
Teresa.

I hear your nickname is Sterrilicious, what’s that about?
It means Sterri and delicious. Actually it means nothing I just copied it from the Fergilicious song.

What does Sterri mean?
That’s my other nickname.

So your nickname is your nickname’s nickname?
Yeah. Terri is short for Teresa, maybe easier for English speakers.

So why add the “S”? You said it’s Sterri…
That makes it sound hotter. Say Ssssss, see? Hotter. More style.

Sounds like a snake hissing. Are snakes hot?
No, snakes are bad women!

Come again?
In Spanish a snake, “vibora” is slang for a mean woman.

Very informative. What do you do at LightInTheBox?
I’m the Spanish online store manager. This means that I sell our products in other online stores for the Latin American market.

How would you describe the situation in the Latin American market these days?
I believe there is a big opportunity for e-commerce in Latin America and for Lightinthebox.com. Everyday there are more customers from Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Peru. They are discovering that shopping online is so easy, so they are beginning to TRUST the internet.

What’s your goal?
I’d like to make more sales and expand our team. I want the Spanish team at Lightinthebox.com to grow and hopefully we can achieve that.

What’s your top selling product these days?
Car DVD players. Do you want one? Free if you stop this interview.

Can it fit on my bicycle?
With enough tape it can.

No thanks. Where are you from?
Monterrey, Mexico.

What’s the best thing about Monterrey?
The meat, the mountains and the people. It’s a beautiful place. Many people visit it for Eco-tourism.

Drinking tequila in the forest?
Eco-tourism is when people go to pristine and protected areas to enjoy nature! You’re thinking about spring break…we’re also very proud of our soccer team! C.F. Monterrey.

Mexican and CONCACAF Champions.
Yes! For knowing that I’ll buy you a McFlurry.

I love Scottish food. What languages can you speak?
Spanish, English and Mandarin.

Which one’s the best for yelling at your boyfriend?
Russian!

Good to know. Why did you come to Beijing?
Long story…I’ve been in love with China since I was eight years old. I used to read and see everything about China and its culture in my father’s encyclopedias. When I was older I started to read and write Chinese and continued this through university. I decided to come here to speak it and wound up working here. China is developing quickly and I’m excited to be a part of that change.

So you’re known around this office for being a bit of a fashionista.
Oh really?

I never lie. So, how would you describe your style?
That depends on the weather! I’m a big fan of our LightInTheBox dresses. I bought some for myself and they’re great!

You wear our dresses?
Yes I have four of them. The design and quality are good. I love the gossip girl dress.

You know your boss doesn’t read our blog right? You’re always selling!
I’m always buying!

What’s your favorite movie, TV show and band?
My favorite movie is Goodbye Lenin. My favorite TV show is…don’t laugh, Gilmore Girls. For music I love listening to the Peking Opera.

You actually enjoy the sound of Peking Opera?
Yes isn’t it beautiful?

No…it sounds like tiny car accidents, then cats being murdered. The first time I heard it I called the police!
It’s a different form of art. It’s what I love and I can’t find the same expression in anything else.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
Strawberry. Will you buy that for me?

Only if you promise not to sing Peking Opera.
I can’t make that promise.

Describe Teresa in three words.
Happy, hungry, dreamer.

Teresa’s off to paint her face and scream opera music, so ends our interview. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Yu Ting


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re getting to know Yu Ting. She works in the Creative Content Department, and produces a lot of the product videos you’ll find on the product pages and YouTube. She loves shooting demo videos and takes her job seriously. Let’s find out more about our very own Steven Spielberg…

Hi Yu Ting!
Hello.

Do you have a nickname?
My friends call me Ting Ting.

Can I call you Ting Ting?
No thank you.

Alright then. What’s your job here?
I make videos! They go on YouTube and our product pages. I shoot spy cameras, cell phones, faucets, lots of our products.

I see a lot of videos online now. How many products have you shot?
Oh a lot, hundreds. We do many videos every week to help customers gain a better understanding of our products and what they can do. It also helps build trust with customers. When they see our products in action they can know what they’re getting.

What’s your favorite kind of product to shoot?
The spy cameras are fun. We try to think of clever ways to present them. I also like products that let me go outside. We recently shot a lawn chair so I could take the product out to the park to shoot it. It’s spring now and the weather is nice so I hope to get more products like this.

What’s your goal for the video project?
Just help people understand our products better. If more people see our videos, that will make me happy too.

Which LightInTheBox.com video is your favorite?
Anything with the formal gowns, because I love working with the girls when they look like princesses. It all feels very nice and magical.

So not a video starring me then? Because you know we’ve worked on a few of these videos together…
Yes I know it. You are sometimes funny, but my first answer is right.

Where are you from?
My home is in the capital of North East China, Shenyang.

Why did you come to Beijing?
I came to Beijing to attend University. After that I decided to keep living here to pursue work.

What’s your dream job?
I’d like to direct a sci-fi movie. I also like singing.

So science fiction film director or pop singer?
Sure.

You should direct a movie about singing aliens.
Why should I do that?

Because your interests are sci-fi and singing, see…
Yes you have combined my two interests but can this story work?

Maybe the aliens need to put on a large scale theatrical production of a hit Broadway musical like Cats in order to save their world. The problem is they can’t find anyone to hit the high notes, so come to Earth seeking just the right singer for their all-important production, played by either Lady GaGa or the woman from the Super Bowl whose shirt came off.
Janet Jackson?

Right! But here’s the catch! They want to do a production of the musical Cats but these aliens…look like DOGS!
OK I will think about it.

Credit me though.
Yes, fine. I will. I promise.

What’s your favorite TV show, movie and singer?
For singers I like Rihanna, Wang Fei, Young Wweet Boulay Ni, and others. Anyone, so long as they sing pleasant songs. I don’t like hip-hop music about overtly capitalist ideals such as “bling blong” and other forms of bragging. I also like rock and roll and jazz. For films it’s hard to say, since I like a lot of science fiction, dark humor and romantic films. Especially movies directed by Steven Spielberg.

I interviewed Yin last week. She said her favorite movie is Hudson Hawk
Oh with Bruce Willis singing?

Yeah that’s the one.
That movie is awful.

Tell me about it! Describe yourself in three words please.
Love, freedom and perseverance.

OK Yu Ting, last question. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ice cream.

Well played.
Bye bye!

Yu Ting’s headed off to direct our masterpiece. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Yin


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re getting to know Yin. She’s the fun-loving social media person in charge of MiniInTheBox on Facebook and Twitter. If you like gadgets you’re going to love Yin. Let’s find out more about her…

Who are you?
I sit behind you all day…you really don’t know? I’m Yin!

Oh that’s very YINteresting. See what I did there?
Yeah I see. Great.

What’s your job?
Aside from making the world a happier place with my laughter?

Yeah your laugh is crazy. Like a jackal on helium. What’s your job though?
I don’t laugh like that! I work in the creative content department. I develop content and do social media for LightInTheBox and MiniInTheBox. I’m in charge of all social media for MiniInTheBox so that’s my main duty these days. I’m always trying to keep in touch with customers on various platforms such as Twitter & Facebook. I announce our promotions and try to stir up some fun interaction. I also run games and contests.

What is MiniInTheBox?
MiniInTheBox.com is LightInTheBox.com’s sister site. It specializes more in small things, hence the name. All sorts of tech and gadgets. You’d be surprised how many products we have there, thousands of different items and a lot of them are really cool. Like any good online retailer, MiniInTheBox.com needed a social media platform to reach out to customers, so here I am!

What do you like best about this project?
We get new product arrivals every week, so it’s a lot of fun browsing through the new gadgets. I usually go through and find some I like to post on Facebook and Twitter. If it’s not cool, I won’t promote it. We’ve also got a pretty solid group of fans now who know about gadgets and like expressing their opinions. It’s a lot of fun.

I see you sometimes discuss sales issues with customers on Facebook and Twitter. Is part of your job customer service?
I think a common misunderstanding is that I’m on MinInTheBox for customer service. Actually I’m just the person responsible for MiniInTheBox on Facebook and Twitter, so I serve as a mediator between customers and customer service whenever there’s a problem. So in a nutshell, I’m the person that personally answers all customer questions on MiniInTheBox Facebook and Twitter.

So you personify, personally, the person who personally peruses customer problems and persuades customers to perhaps participate in prodding the prudent personnel? Personally?
You lost me.

What’s your goal for MiniInTheBox on Facebook and Twitter?
We’re trying to maintain and grow our presence on Facebook and Twitter by updating our fans and customers about the newest gadgets and by attracting more fans who love gadgets as much as we do! It’s about building a community.

Now back to you. Where are you from?
I was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. I moved to Amsterdam later on, so I sort of grew up in both places.

Amsterdam is famous for…
Clean drinking water?

I was going to say windmills.
Sure you were.

What languages can you speak?
I speak Dutch, English and Cantonese fluently. I’m conversant in other languages like French, German and Malay. My Mandarin is coming along too.

What brought you to Beijing?
Well…my grandparents are from China. I wanted to learn more about my roots. Other than that, my main motivation was to learn Chinese. My parents taught me Cantonese, but not Mandarin. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn.

So now that you’re here, any plans on leaving?
Not yet. Why, do you want me gone?

I’ve had my eye on your chair…
I’d take the chair with me.

Hey come on, leave me the arm rest or something. Can’t we go Dutch?
I’ve got other things to do today, you know.

Sorry. What’s your favorite band, TV show and movie?
I like so much stuff hmmm…Skunk Anansie & The Shins. For TV shows I love Colbert Report and Glee. My favorite movie is Hudson Hawk.

Hudson Hawk? Are you serious? That movie where Bruce Willis is a singing thief? The ridiculous musical?! *laughter* that’s like the worst film of all time!
No, in Holland it’s very popular.

Are you kidding? No, you have to be joking!
When we were kids we all played Hudson Hawk, instead of cops and robbers or whatever you guys played.

Oh wow that’s…I’m speechless. OK. Wow. Moving on…Describe yourself in three words.
Outgoing, caring and diligent.

OCD?
Gotta go!

Well Yin is off to wash her clogs over and over again. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Luisa


LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re getting to know Luisa, a PR Coordinator in our Creative Content department. Luisa contacts bloggers and other experts and sends them sample products to review. She also writes some pretty cool articles for this blog. Luisa’s not your typical LITB employee. She has an interesting story and she can’t wait to tell it…

So Luisa, what’s your job title at LITB?
Public Relations Coordinator.

What are your responsibilities?
Hmm well I mainly get in touch with key opinion leaders and send them our fun gadgets. I also do some off site customer service and write fashion blogs right here on LightInTheBox Blog.

What’s a key opinion leader? What must someone do to become one?
They are mainly communicators who act like influencers as well. They share ideas, latest news and advice about a particular topic. If you want to become a KOL you must first create a channel like a blog that will attract a specific audience who will follow you. It’s about building a relationship with the audience and having the skills to gain clout in your field and make the most out of your platform.

What’s your goal for the KOL project?
To constantly create and build long-term relationships with key opinion leaders, so they can help us spread the word about our products and our site as well.

What’s your daily routine like?
First I get my caramel macchiato for brain fuel *laughs*. Second I’ll check my massive email list. Then it’s time to send out products to key opinion leaders. I’m also constantly on the lookout for interesting blogs. Other than this and public relations, I write a weekly blog article about weddings and fashion.

You write fashion articles for our blog readers, how would you describe your own style?
Simple …a bit sophisticated. I try to follow fashion trends but can never seem to keep up.

What fashion’s got your eye these days?
I like anything that’s classy…and I love heels.

You’re working in Beijing. What brought you to China?
I came initially to understand my grandma better *laughs*. I wanted to study Chinese and learn about this culture because it’s part of my heritage. While I was here studying and learning I realized I wanted to stay longer and try something more long term. I’m from Miami but I find Beijing more interesting and more challenging for me – so I stayed.

So what’s your background?
My parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. are Chinese but because I was born abroad, there was always like a culture clash with my family – mainly because I didn’t quite understand their culture, traditions or mentality. Coming to China has broadened my world view. It’s allowed me to better understand them. You don’t have to write all this by the way *laughs*. Anyway I was born and raised in Panama but went to school in Miami.

So you can speak a few languages?
Yes I can speak Spanish, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. I do most of my yelling and swearing in Spanish though.

That’s nice. Why should people read the LITB Blog?
The blog is a shortcut to LITB and its products. It’s useful for people that don’t have much time to go over LITB’s massive product lists on the website; they can check out our blog to read about latest/newest product features. We’ve got tech, fashion, weddings and other cool articles. The content’s been improving lately too.

What’s your favorite band/movie/TV show?
More questions…. I thought we were done!

Not yet.
*Cursing in Spanish* Coldplay, Big Bang Theory or Modern Family and for movie it has to be Love Actually.

Favorite ice cream?
Lemon sorbet.

Hmm that’s what Colin said. He was going to say lemon sorbet but sorbet isn’t ice cream…
It’s not?

Well not really but we don’t need to split hairs.
*Laughs* right… well green tea ‘ice cream’ then.

Poor choice. What are three things you’d want on a deserted island?
Sunglasses, sun block & Jack Johnson.

The music or the man?
Both.

Describe yourself in three words.
Down to earth, good sense of humor and spontaneous.

That was actually eight words…
Adios!

Well Luisa just ran off screaming so I guess this interview’s over. Check back for more insightful fun with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Content Colin

Content Colin
LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re getting to know Colin, a Copy Editor in our User Experience department. Colin edits LightInTheBox.com site content, writes E-mail templates and other fun things. Now that you’re excited to meet him and he’s raring to go, unleash the hounds!

Hi Colin, can I ask you a few questions?
Fire away. I’m a busy man.

What’s a typical day in the office like?
Oh like a typical day in most offices I’d imagine. It’s challenging and fun.

You’re not on trial you know, care to provide a few details?
Ha well…I come to work, edit banners, E-mail templates and sometimes sections of the site.

OK. Now you are on trial, for your job. Explain why a company needs you or you’re fired.
My position is necessary because I help to provide customers with the information they need about the company, placing orders, offers, promotions and various other notices.

Alright you’ve dodged the sack…for now. What’s the most interesting part of your job?
Finding ways to present information that is clear and concise, particularly when working with short deadlines.

What’s the most boring part?
I don’t know, I don’t really think there’s a boring part… except at lunchtimes if I have to wait too long for my food. That’s more frustrating than boring though.

Where are you from?
Durham, England.

What’s the very best thing about Durham?
The Cathedral.

You’re quite the tour guide. What brought you to China?
I came looking for an interesting working environment.

Did you find it?
Definitely.

What’s your short term goal for LITB’s web content?
To make the site clear, simple and easy-to-use for customers.

Why should people visit LightInTheBox.com?
We’ve got a lot of variety, good prices and we deliver all over. Also I’d get lonely otherwise.

Favorite ice cream?
Lemon. I was going to say Lemon sorbet but sorbet isn’t ice cream.

Touche. Favorite movie, TV show and band?
Good Will Hunting, Match of the Day, The Kinks… or The Clash. Actually not match of the day, they always put Sunderland on last.

There’s a reason for that. Describe Colin in three words.
Tall, healthy and unshaven.

Now that you’ve met Colin, you must be excited about the Meet the Team series! Check back for more insightful interviews with our friendly and sometimes entertaining LITB staff.

Meet the Team: Tablet Jack

Tablet Jack
LightInTheBox.com has a lot of busy staff and they’re just dying to meet you! Today we’re getting to know the Computer Category Manager, Jack! He decides on what computer products we sell, which means he’s constantly on the look out for the latest Chinese tech. When he gets his hands on something cool he’ll also decide the product’s pricing and promotions. So without further ado…

Hi Jack, can I ask you a few questions?
Sure, I’m used to that sort of stuff.

Oh my, a real celebrity!
Only usually the questions are more like, “Can you tell me where you were between 9pm and 11pm on January 4th?”

That’s…interesting. So where are you from Jack?
I’m from a small town in Staffordshire in England.

What brought you to China?
I was given a job opportunity out here a couple years ago and thought it sounded like a real challenge. It was a great experience and eventually I wound up at LITB. China’s a fascinating place and there are a lot of opportunities out here.

You’re the new Computer Category Manager at LITB. What’s a tablet?
A tablet is the latest trend in portable computing. They are touchscreen devices designed for web browsing, sending and receving emails, playing games, watching videos and listening to music.

Glad you knew that. What’s your priority for LITB’s Computers?
My priority is making sure that we are offering our customers the best and latest tablets that are coming out of China.

What’s good about LITB tablets?
Well you get a lot for your money with our tablets. The majority of our tablets are priced well below $200 and can be used to browse the web, read e-books, send and receive emails, download games and Apps from the Android market. Google’s Android OS deserves a lot of credit for making tablet computers a lot more affordable without losing functionality.

What needs to be improved?
The responsiveness of our tablet touchscreens. Our touchscreens have gotten a lot better in recent months but there’s always room for more improvement. I’d also love to see newer versions of Android on these tablets, which we’re getting. Things are looking up.

What’s your long term goal for the tablet category?
My long term goal is to build a solid range of tablets for our customers. I want us to be able to offer a tablet for everyone and every budget. And of course to make sure we stay right up to date with all the latest products.

What’s your take on the Chinese tech scene?
Chinese tech has really progressed in the last couple of years, largely thanks to the love affair consumers here have with their gadgets. Chinese consumers like the good stuff, as demonstrated by the succes of the iPhone and iPad here in China. Because of this the bar has been raised and even the clones are getting a lot better.

Looking at tablets worldwide, what’s got you excited?
Has to be the upcoming release of Android Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom. However I think the proposed $700 price tag is a bit too expensive.

Apple or Android?
Both.

Sneaky answer. Favorite ice cream?
Banana.

Favorite movie, TV show and band?
Back To The Future, The Office (UK version) and Led Zeppelin.

Describe yourself in three words.
Er…let me think.

That’s actually four words.
Sorry.

Jack’s just the first victim in our new Meet the Team series. Check back for more LITB staffers taking turns in the hot seat!