Anna Wintour doesn’t do small talk. She forbids junior staff members from initiating conversation with her.
She’s also notorious for scrutinising the outfits of her staffers.
It’s fair to say that being interviewed by the 66-year-old editor-in-chief of American Vogue – a mantle she has held for close to three decades – would be an intimidating, or closer to petrifying, experience.
US website The Cut recently interviewed dozens of people who’ve had the terrifying privilege of being interviewed by Wintour.
Their stories? Absolutely terrifying.
Here are the take-home points, should you ever be lucky enough to meet the woman known as “Nuclear Wintour”…
1. Spend lots of money.
One woman got a late call-up for an interview the next day and raced off to Barneys (the only store open until 8pm) after work. “I bought a silk Proenza tank dress, Prada heels, and a Celine belt. It was like a supermarket sweep, and I spent about $2,000,” she said. She also made a late stop to a nail salon and booked in a blow dry the next day. Then, she landed a second interview. “I started to really get into it and money stopped becoming a problem. I got a shift dress at Prada from the spring collection and then they sold me the blue patent shoes, and it all looked so good… I think that purchase must have been $3,500.”
Luckily, after forking out all that cash, she got the job.
2. Your suburb and parents’ occupations matter. Also, do. Not. Cry.
The managing editor told one candidate she and Ms Wintour “hated going into bathroom and fashion closets and hearing girls sniffle and cry over the ‘little things’ that go on throughout the day”.
The candidate said the editor was less than impressed with her Brooklyn address and the fact her parents were teachers. Needless to say, she didn’t get the job.