May 28, 2013
When it comes to landing a summer job, the interview can make the difference between a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” from a prospective employer. But is this your teen’s first job interview? First impressions count for a lot, and there are a few sure-fire ways to help your teen get things started off on the right foot. Help your teenager make a great impression in their first job interview with these easy-to-follow tips:
Acing A Summer Job Interview
- Turn the phone off and put it away. Nothing will impress a prospective employer less than taking a call or answering a text during the interview. This is a non-negotiable, and your teen should understand why.
- Do your homework. Research the company and the position before you go in for an interview. A company website is a great way to do this.
- Look the interviewer in the eye. This conveys maturity and confidence.
- Dress professionally. Your summer interview outfit is not the time to pull out your summer casual wear.
- Be on time. Better yet, be five minutes early.
- Take your time before answering questions. This shows thoughtfulness and will often lead to better responses. Practicing potential interview questions beforehand is also a great way to prepare. Even if the same questions don’t come up during the interview, practice time will help your teen feel more comfortable while on the spot.
- Connect the dots. Before your first job interview, reflect on any work, hobbies, extracurriculars or volunteering that could translate into skills for the job. Babysitting can show that you’re responsible and caring. Sports can show you’re a team player. You can turn any experience into relevant job experience with a little creativity!
- Come prepared with a few questions about the position or company. This shows you’ve taken initiative and done your homework.
- Sell yourself (but don’t oversell). Be confident about highlighting your strengths, but don’t lay it on too thick.
- Smile, relax and enjoy yourself. Even if you’re nervous, the interviewer doesn’t need to know.