How did you land the job at gal-dem?
Honestly, I saw the ad and just applied. I had no in-roads or connections to any of the team prior to joining. The job application was a test looking at Spag [spelling, punctuation and grammar] skills, editing skills, journo instinct-based questions – I don’t even think they asked for my CV!
After I submitted my test application, I was shortlisted for an interview. I was interviewed by [editor-in-chief] Suyin Haynes and [gal-dem’s former CEO] Mariel Richards and they asked me questions about my experience, my favourite gal-dem articles and potential story ideas. Initially I thought I really messed it up – I was rambling and very nervous.
My main advice is not very specific: just go for it. I applied to the job, even though I didn’t think I would get it, but I did. But also: imagine all the different questions they could ask you and have a rough answer prepped for each. Stay calm, be kind to yourself and try not to get too stressed.
Remember that as much as the organisation is getting to know you, you are also getting to know them. Ask questions – what’s the pay? What’s the holiday allowance? How big is the team? Will I be working from home – if so, do I get a work laptop? And remember, if it doesn’t work out, that’s also okay! Treat it as an opportunity to learn, rather than as failure. Mindset is key!