How to Impress Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso in a Job Interview

Nicole Kliest

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Rebecca Minkoff, Sally Singer, Rachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Sophia Amoruso.

There’s something about an unconventional path to success that feels infinitely more rewarding than a traditional route. Overcoming unexpected hurdles or taking a less-frequented road to the top not only lays the groundwork for an entertaining anecdote but also serves as proof that anything is within reach if you want it bad enough and work hard for it.

Such is the case for Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. In 2006, the soon-to-be millionaire began selling her vintage finds on eBay under the shop title Nasty Gal Vintage. Within a mere five years, Amoruso had launched her own website and garnered a huge fan base, and now she sees a yearly revenue of over $100 million. But as most of you know, she didn’t stop there. Last year, the entrepreneur released #Girlboss, a New York Times 18-week best seller that, after such success, sparked the idea for a Netflix series, which will be co-produced by Charlize Theron and Amoruso and is expected to premiere early next year.

In late 2015, Amoruso also launched a podcast, Girlboss Radio, which features interviews with inspiring female figures each episode. She also will release a second book on October 4 of this year, titled Nasty Galaxy (seriously, does this woman sleep?). Inside the nontraditional coffee book, readers will be taken on a visual journey that’s meant to serve as a “new life bible for young women.”

Suffice it to say, Amoruso knows a thing or two about making a business thrive and is an inspiring example of what a successful woman in the workplace looks like.

So without further adieu, we present our latest installment of Career Code below!

Who should we interview next? Let us know in the comments below!

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