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In four weeks, my hubby and I are traveling to Italy to celebrate our three-year wedding anniversary! The trip is jam-packed with activity as we spend over 10 days traveling from Rome, to Tuscany, then finally to Venice.
First things first though, "what am I going to wear?"
Like most females, this is my main priority. We’ll be in Italy 10 days and I won’t have a lot of room in my luggage to pack everything I’d like to wear, so I have to pick and choose wisely. I researched the weather for Italy in May and typically it’s in the upper 60s to low 70s (perfect weather!), so I’m going to wear layers. I know we’ll be walking around A LOT so instead of packing my cute heels, I’m sticking with flats and running shoes. It might not be the latest fashion trend, but I have learned from previous trips that heels are a bad idea.
Once I have my wardrobe figured out, the next item on my list is researching the places we’ll be visiting. It’s very important to do your ‘homework’ before you go on a trip. I bought an amazing book titled Rick Steves’ Italy 2010. This book is perfect for anyone traveling to Italy. It tells you the in’s and out’s of the cities and where to eat and what to do. It also tells you cool paths to take while walking the streets in Rome at night. Very romantic!
In addition, we also researched Trip Advisor on which hotels are best. We’re staying at nice hotels in both Rome and Venice, but I’m most excited about our hotel in Tuscany. It’s called Relais Viganle located in Radda in the Chianti region. It looks beautiful!
Just like me, you might be planning for a fun get-away this summer, but did you know that these same principles can also be used when preparing for a job interview?
The same way you research and prepare for your trip, is the same way you prepare for an interview.
For example, again first things first, you need to find the right ‘outfit’ or attire for your interview. It’s always better to be a little overdressed than underdressed. For men, a nice suit is always a good choice, and for women, a business suit is professional yet can be trendy with a cute pair of heels.
You should also research the company you’re interviewing with. Do your homework! The same way you surf the web for local attractions or reviews of a vacation spot, research the company online. Know their website inside and out. Are there press releases, or reviews of the company on the web? Also, are they active on social media sites? If so, see what they're saying to their customers.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to have a list of questions for the interviewer. These questions will show them you have done your homework. Make sure the questions pertain to the roles/responsibilities of the job you are interviewing for. Some great interview questions can be found in this article.
I hope some of this information has been helpful whether you’re planning for a trip-of-a-lifetime or preparing for a job interview. I know our trip will be one we will never forget.
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