Interviewing Tips for Teens

interview dateYou’ve filled out all the applications and dropped off your resume and finally you get a call from an employer wanting to interview you.

Now the real work begins of selling the employer on why you’re the best person for the job.

Following are some tips how to make sure you get the job:



Read the job description before the interview.

If the employer posted a job description for the position they are looking to fill, make sure you read and understand the job requirement/responsibilities. Write down some examples of experiences you’ve already had where you’ve performed that job requirement, or something similar to it so you can share your experience with the person interviewing you.

For example, what if one of the job requirements is to greet customers. Think about some of the experiences you’ve had that might be applicable. You might have been a greeter at your church, served as a mentor for other students visiting your school, or worked at a class function greeting parents.

If there isn’t a job description, normally the interviewer will first explain the job requirements before they start asking questions. This will give you the opportunity to come up with examples of your experiences.

Practice answering interview questions ahead of time.

Following are links to examples of the most common interview questions:

Monster 100 most common interview questions

Career One Stop most common interview questions

Whatever you do when you’re asked why you want the job don’t respond by saying your parents wanted you to go to work. Come up with an answer like you want to start saving for college, or buy a car.

Look the part.

You only get once to make a first impression. So dress the part. Normally, for young men, you’ll want to wear khakis and a polo shirt ,and ladies, you’ll either want to wear a dress or casual pants and top.  Make sure your hair is combed.

Other tips.

Take extra copies of your resume with you.

Take something to write on and write with. You’ll want to take notes as the employer tells you about the job, the hours, and the pay.

Ask questions. If the employer doesn’t tell you about the hours and pay, ask. Make sure you understand the location of the job. Make sure you understand the job responsibilities.

When you get ready to leave, thank the employer for his/her time. Ask when you will hear back from them.


Preparing ahead of time will not only help reduce your nerves but will show your future employer that you are responsible and that you have done your homework!

(Tomorrow I’ll talk about behavior on the job.)

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