Preparing for Your Teen Interview

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When you are ready to make a great impression on an employer for teen jobs, you need to prepare for your interview. Remember that just because you are young, that doesn’t make you any less qualified for the position. There’s no need to be fearful of the interview process. If you understand what the employer is looking for and you know what kind of questions will be asked of you, it will be very possible for you to get the job. It is an exciting process!

You should plan on getting a résumé together. This will help you articulate your goals and share any kind of experience you do have. Even if you don’t have any work experience, you can use volunteer jobs and even school projects as experience. Send the resume to the manager ahead of time and bring a few copies with you to the interview.

Dress for success. There is a saying of dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Don’t be disrespectful at the job interview by wearing something inappropriate. Even if it’s for a simple weekend job, you should dress nicely. This will help you to get on good terms with the hiring manager immediately. During the interview, you should also ask about the dress-code.

Bring a few things with you. You may be required to show your State’s ID card (or driver’s license) or social security card at the end of the interview – especially if you are hired. Have these in your wallet in case you are asked for them. You should also bring a notebook and pen with you to take notes. During the interview, if you have some questions or concerns about the student jobs, write them down in the notebook so you don’t forget them.

Make sure you are aware of the interview start time. You should never put an employer in a position to have to wait on you. It’s best to arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start. This will give you the opportunity to fill out an employment application or anything else required of you. Also make sure you allot enough time for the interview. You want enough time to get your questions answered and take a tour if offered to you.

Always be courteous and respectful. This starts the moment you walk through the door. Whether it is jobs after school or an apprenticeship, everyone you encounter needs to be treated in a friendly manner. You may not know who they are and what part they will play in the hiring process. They will ultimately become your co-workers if you are hired, too.

Speak clearly and be comfortable with yourself. You want the company you’re interviewing with to hire you, not some alternate version of yourself. Be comfortable and not too uptight. Don’t make unnecessary jokes. Most importantly, make sure you speak clearly. Don’t mumble or keep your hand over your mouth.

Show just how professional you can be. Regardless of the position you are being hired for; employers want to see your full potential. Make eye contact during the interview. Nod occasionally when something is being explained to you. Ask questions if you are not sure of something. Take notes on important aspects of the job. Have a friendly smile throughout the interview.

Be aware of some of the questions that you may be asked. Preparation is critical with teen jobs. If this is your first job, you may not know what to expect. The more comfortable you are, the smoother the interview will go. Many employers will ask why you think you will be a good fit for the position. Some may also ask you to name an instance where you were put into a tough situation, showed leadership skills or showed compassion.

Be honest about your experience and your abilities. Teenage part time jobs often don’t require experience. That doesn’t mean you don’t have any. Talk about all responsibilities. This can include household chores, participation in Boy or Girl Scouts and even projects at school.

When the interview is complete, make sure to shake hands and thank them for their time. If you really want the position, express that. Also find out when they will be making a hiring decision and if you can call in a day or two to check the status of your application.

Preparing for a teen interview is very easy. Lots of teen jobs will require you to interview for the position, so it’s best to get comfortable with them now. As soon as you have gone through an interview, keep your phone turned on so you can find out if you’ve been hired. Even if you don’t get the position, you’ve got some interview experience under your belt for the next time. And good luck on your next interview!

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