It's time to get teenage job interviews! The first hurdle is getting the job. And the all-important first step to achieving that goal is acing your teenage job interviews. The pressure to make a positive first impression can be very nerve-wracking. If you're feeling intimidated, shy, and lacking confidence about getting out there and talking to prospective employers, you are not alone. Here are some tips for teenage job interviews.
Think about what you want to do.
Before you even begin teenage job interviews, make a list of your strengths and abilities and another list of your achievements. Include your performance in school, extracurricular activities, jobs, sports, volunteer work, babysitting, and any activity that will highlight who you are. Your accomplishments don't have to be spectacular to reveal your work ethic, leadership, teamwork, communication skills, and drive. Take this list into your teenage job interviews.
Research the job you are applying for.
Before teenage job interviews, be sure to carefully read and understand the job description. Think about your personality, your character, your nature, and how this job will complement them. Ask yourself, "What do I have that would make someone want to hire me for this position?"
Be aware of what employers are looking for.
Most employers hiring teens worry about reliability issues. They are concerned with teens who are chronically late or don't show up or constantly ask for scheduling changes to accommodate other activities. Reassure your employer that these typical teen behaviors won't be a problem with you. Prepare to be flexible about your hours. If you really want the job, consider giving up a nonessential activity.
Practice interview questions on your friends and family. You can find lists of commonly-asked questions for teenage job interviews on the Internet. Zero in on your body language. Stand tall with your shoulders back. Hold your head high. Try to smile. Look people in the eye. Extend your hand for a handshake, sliding your palm all the way into the other person's hand to the end of their palm. Then shake firmly for two or three seconds. Try not to fidget. When you sit down, slide your rear all the way to the back of the chair with your back against the chair back.
Have realistic expectations about salary.
Know what the current minimum wage is and expect that is what you will be offered to begin. Then make a case for your ability to do a better job than those who receive the minimum wage. Tread carefully; you don't want to be too pushy about salary and lose the job opportunity.
Arrive on time to teenage job interviews.
When you walk into teenage job interviews, remain standing until you're invited to sit. If you bring your purse, leave it beside your chair. Turn off your cell phone before you arrive. Be your most confident self and smile, showing your enthusiasm. Ask questions you prepared beforehand about the job. And don't be afraid of making it clear how much you really want to work there.
Ask for a business card.
You'll want to write a short thank-you note after the interview, so be sure to ask for a business card before you leave to get the correct title and spelling of your interviewer's name.