How I got my Dream Grad Job at ASOS

Unlike a lot of people I know here, I live in Asia. Even though I’m currently at university in England, my family home is in Hong Kong. This essentially means, that I don’t have anywhere to stay in the country unless I get a job as soon as I graduate. Very fortunately, my boyfriend has offered me his home to stay in for however long I need to get my feet off the ground (on the ground? need to double check the saying!) finding my own place -so that I’m not as stressed as I would normally be!

Over my placement year I was very lucky in that I was able to work for someone I knew who had just started their own lingerie company. She was a former lingerie buyer at Topshop and therefore knew a lot of people in the industry. When it came to looking for my graduate job, she was incredibly helpful passing my CV and cover letter on to a few people she knew at ASOS – which is literally like my shopping nirvana, my happy place and dream.

I got an email back confirming my interview a week later which literally shocked me. I was going through the most stressful week at university and the interview required me to do a presentation as well so there was a lot of prep that had to be done in a week – along with a couple of deadlines! It took so much time management but thankfully I managed to get everything done and spent hours going over and over my interview answers and presentation only to finally book myself a very expensive train down to London.

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I got to the offices in Camden and I walked up to the reception who took my name and asked me to take a seat, and honestly it was a dream of an office – I was so unbelievably in awe and thought to myself – I HAD to work here, there’s no chance I wasn’t coming back. There was a massive glass central staircase that I was just people watching to a whole new level because everyone has such incredibly cool style that I could have watched the whole office go by for hours.

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I turned up a little early which meant that I had to wait a little longer (believe it or not), and I’m not joking my hands were sweating, my legs were shaking a little, I was smiling at everyone that walked past because I didn’t know who it was interviewing me, so I must have looked like an absolute weirdo.

When I went into the interview, it was the most relaxed and fun atmosphere. I did my presentation on the trends of SS18 and then got asked questions about it. Following the presentation I had my actual interview which they made so relaxed and chilled which made me feel a million times better about everything. I was getting asked things like Why ASOS? and If I had £5000 to spend on a brand, which brand would I buy from? I embarrassingly thought about it for way too long because I was just overwhelmed – like how could you possibly answer one brand?!

I left the interview feeling a sense of relief that I did the best that I could, I said a few strange things here and there but that was always going to happen in an interview. Well, that’s what I tell myself anyway.

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I hopped on a train back to university and just waited to hear back from them. After a month of not hearing anything,  I emailed them asking for any updates following my interview and got a reply back asking to schedule a call. At the time I was out the country, so I asked if we could schedule a call when I was back in the country a couple weeks later, which we did. So when I got back to England, I waited for our scheduled call and after having sat there so nervous – they didn’t call. THEY MISSED THE BLOODY CALL!

I thought to myself – that’s normal surely, they probably had a meeting that ran over or something important came up. So I emailed again to say that I didn’t receive a call and they apologised and we rescheduled another one the following week.

Didn’t call again.

I was getting really fed up with hyping myself up for a call that was just going to be forgotten about and thought that I should perhaps at this point, start looking for other jobs. But then I reminded myself it was ASOS and then I was like – yes it’s annoying, but I really really want this job.

So I emailed them again and for the third time, rescheduled a call, and the other day they did call and gave me my interview feedback and said that they would love to offer me a position for Buyers Administrative Assistant. I was literally over the moon, I feel like I barely reacted over the phone because I didn’t know what to say.

It’s not until June that I know which department I’ll be assigned into e.g. shoes, bags, dresses etc. so will keep you all posted if you’re interested in hearing more!

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I hope this was a helpful little insight into my experience for those who have been asking me! Just ask me any other questions below and I’ll be so happy to answer!

Thanks so much for reading my dears!

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. hell0chloe says:

    Woow this is so exciting – congratulations lovely !! Keep us posted! xx

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Isn’t it! Thank you so much, I definitely will! Xxx

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  2. xoJenny says:

    Aw Jo!!! This is incredible and so well deserved! Persistence is key and I’m so glad you keep going for it. Does this mean you’re going to move to London???

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    1. xoJenny says:

      Kept*** grammar error lol

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    2. helloitsjo says:

      Awh Jenny that’s so sweet of you to say! Yes yes! Will be moving to London in July hehe 😍😍 xxx

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  3. Jirah Merizz says:

    Awe Jo, this is so incredible!! 🙂

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Aw thank you so much! I’m too excited about it! ☺️ xx

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  4. This sounds amazing! Congratulations, Jo. This really is the DREAM scenario!!

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Owh I know I really can’t believe it! Thank you so much, that’s so lovely of you! xxx

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  5. lifeofangela says:

    This is so incredible Jo! Congratulations! You both got lucky and worked hard, and now you’ve literally got your dream job!! I’m so happy for you!!! 😀 ❤

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  6. Congratulations! I loved this post. Made me feel so many different things. I felt hyped and anxious, and proud and more anxious and annoyed and hyped again and ANNOYED AGAIN HOW DO YOU MISS TWO CALL INTERVIEWS BACK TO BACK? I’m really happy they eventually called though! Keep us posted! x

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      AHH YOU’RE THE CUTEST!!! love love love 💕 I literally had the same emotions going through it all😂 I KNOW RIGHT!! ahh thank you thank you my lovely ☺️❤️ x

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  7. whatismaria says:

    Ahh huge congratulations to you! This is such an exciting opportunity and I am sure you will love your time there 🙂 Well done for putting in so much hard work and dedication! Xx

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Thank you so much Maria, that’s so nice of you to say! ☺️ this comment put a massive smile on my face today hehe! xxx

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  8. Hunida says:

    Congratulations, Jo!!! I can’t believe you had to do a presentation and they forgot about you twice! You really pushed hard to get that job and you got it. Hard work really does pay off! 😉

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Thank you so much Hunida!! Oh my gosh I know right!! Persistence is key 😉 hahaa xxxx

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  9. Annie says:

    Wowee! That’s awesome! What are you going to university for?

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Eekkkk I know right! I’m currently studying Communications and Media studies! It was more my work experience in the industry that helped me though rather than my course! Xxx

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  10. Congratulations… Keep it up 👍

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Thank you very much! ✨

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  11. Adell Baker says:

    Working at ASOS seems like a dream, I’m sure you will have so much fun in June. Be sure to update!!

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    1. helloitsjo says:

      Ughh I know right! Owhh I hope so, thank you so much! I definitely will for sure! ☺️ xxx

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