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Watford graduate lands dream job after winning BBC 3's 'The Insider' competition
A fashion graduate has braved the ultimate interview to land his dream job with a leading fashion brand.
Omar Foster, who lives in Tolpits Lane, Watford, beat hundreds of applicants to appear on BBC 3’s new show The Insider.
In the programme, five aspiring employees lived and worked together for 10 days as they competed for the role of marketing assistant at quirky fashion retailer Joy.
What they did not know was one of their number, Head of PR Emma, was already a senior employee in the company and was watching their every move.
The insider reported back to buying director at Joy Maureen O’Brien as the team carried out a range of tasks from arranging window displays to identifying ideal Joy customers, culminating in arranging a fashion show.
Omar said he had applied after seeing the job advertised.
He added: "It seemed like a really great opportunity for a brilliant job in fashion, the small matter of appearing on a television show seemed like a lot of fun too.
"I think I was chosen because I have some great experience within fashion marketing, and I had a lot of fun in the interviews."
Throughout the programme, Omar showed initiative, worked well with his team mates and took on the risky role of producing the fashion show.
The Manchester University graduate added: "There were definitely some real highlights.
"There was one day when we did a casting for a fashion show and it was literally laugh a minute, there were people dancing, throwing their tops off, it genuinely felt like an out of body experience."
Initially described by a candidate as being "laid back to the point of horizontal" and accused by the insider as being "in it for the fun", Mr Foster soon showed he understood the brand and had the drive and personality the company wanted.
He added: "It was a combination of working hard through the whole process and showing my personality. I think I had a perfect balance.
"Winning was probably the best feeling ever, it was euphoric.
"It really just felt like the 10 days hadn’t been a waste and that all the long nights, and long days filming had been worth something."
Omar is now four months into his job as marketing assistant at Joy and has helped open a store in Leeds.
He added: "Joy is such a brilliant company to work for. There has been so much to get my teeth into and get involved with.
"The team is great that I work with and I am so looking forward to seeing what my future at Joy holds."
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