Alicia K., Human Resources Coordinator for American Eagle Outfitters, provides training and support to various departments throughout the company, including our Marketing and Merchandising Teammate Programs for new college graduates. Read below to find out tips for nailing your interview for a position at American Eagle Outfitters Home Office and to learn a little more about Alicia!
How did you discover your passion?
I learned early in my career that I have a passion for working with and connecting with new people. At American Eagle, the people and culture really allowed for me to connect with people which helps to make me feel very passionate about my role at AE.
How did you get your start in human resources?
I actually started my career at AE at the desk as the HR Receptionist in 2007, I then moved to Merchandising as an Executive Staff Assistant to our Chief Merchandising Officer of AE Brand before joining the HR Training team again in April 2011. I love my team in HR. They make coming to work a lot of fun.
Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?
My mother is absolutely the most influential person in my life. She inspires and helps to guide my life every day. She has been a great role model and helped to shape my work ethic and drive to be successful and happy in my life.
Studying in Rome, Italy during college was the most influential experience for me. It opened my eyes to all of the opportunities that live outside of your comfort zone. I love learning about new cultures and I learned a lot about myself being so far away from home.
What is next on your ‘To Do In Life’ list?
TRAVEL! I have a long list of places to see both in the US and abroad. If I could spend all of my money on traveling the world, I would.
Last May, I completed my first Half Marathon. It was something I never thought I would do. It was so hard to train but the experience was one I will never forget! All of the hard work was totally worth it – very rewarding!
I definitely want to have a family someday too. I come from a very big, loud family so I can’t imagine my life without my own family someday as well.
How would you describe your style?
I would say I have somewhat of a blend of boho/edgy. I like understated outfits with bold accessories or statement prints, lots of layers and I love to try new trends on for size. I try to be comfortably chic as much as possible.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My friends inspire me! I am fortunate to have really supportive friends that are also so much fun to be around. I would be lost without them.
Where is the coolest place you have traveled for your job?
I had a great opportunity to travel to Mexico City, Mexico in November to help the International team with an interview event for the first store openings in February and March. It was a lot of work but one of the best experiences I have ever been a part of.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to work with my friends every day. I really enjoy working with the new hired employees and full time trainees through Orientation and the Teammate Training Programs. Their energy and excitement to start their new career is very motivating and makes me realize how lucky I am to be a part of AEO.
What tips do you have for someone who wants to work at American Eagle Outfitters?
Do your research! Learn about the company history, brand DNA, leadership team and company strategies. The more you know before you interview, the better!
Build as many connections as you can inside and outside of AEO. Don’t get discouraged and make the most of your current job and any opportunity that comes your way. Even if the first opportunity doesn’t work out for you, keep trying. It’s always worth waiting for the right job.