Interview Tips From InStyle’s Ariel Foxman Excerpt from Michelle Persad for The Huffington Post: There are many things about Ariel Foxman, InStyle’s editor-in-chief, that make him an aberration from the norm. Not only is he a male editing one of the most successful women’s fashion magazines, but before his current gig, he worked at The New Yorker and Details. Oh, and he also attended Harvard, NBD. His über successful career is a clear indicator that this guy knows what he’s doing. And lucky for us, we got to chat with Foxman and pick his brain on everything from the best way to ask for a raise to how to answer some of the toughest interview questions. Here’s what we learned: On what an editor-in-chief actually does: I think people have a preconceived notion about what editors-in-chief do and it’s changed pretty dramatically over the last couple of years. There’s the traditional role that the editor-in-chief has, which is to be the last person who sees every piece of content that is printed or published. And I do that. But the editor-in-chief at a brand as big as InStyle is also an ambassador for the brand — so making sure that anyone in the industries that we represent or partner with is aware of our strengths and what we have to offer. And secondly, I’m responsible for growth. It’s a multi-million dollar business; part of that comes from print circulation and ads; part from digital ad revenue; and part comes from additional revenue services (we sell shoes, bags and jewelry at Nine West). On the biggest turn-offs in an interview: When someone who is interviewing for a job is uninformed about our brand, I’m left confused about why they are here. I don’t expect someone to know a whole lot about the job that they are interviewing for — that would be very difficult to know. What I am expecting is [that you] have done your homework and your research, by reviewing what is available to the general public. There is no excuse for not having read our past six issues, for not having looked at InStyle on your phone for the last five days leading up to your interview. There is no excuse for not having looked at our videos on Youtube. There is just no excuse because that’s available and it’s essentially free. You would be surprised how many people come in and know nothing about the brand and don’t even try and fake it. I think the other thing that I find really disturbing [is when] people are really chummy. I totally discount a lot for nerves, but there is this level of chumminess that sometimes occurs at an interview that I find really strange and it’s so off-putting to the point where I feel like the person could care less if they get the job or not. People fret about what they are going to wear, but I think you should worry more about tone. Another thing that is really disturbing [and it] really depends how it comes across, and this is a trap that I think a lot of interviewers lay for people to see how you respond, is asking a question about your current job, or why you’re leaving your current job. They are waiting to see, I think, if you’re going to trash your current employer, or your current situation. Or, at the very least, are you going to take any responsibility for why you may be unhappy somewhere. Most people find a happy medium, of ‘oh it’s not really for me’ or ‘I’m looking for a change’. But there are other people who really rail against where they work. And who wants to onboard somebody who is so unhappy? For more interview advice from Ariel Foxman, visit The Huffington Post.