Job interview tips – teenagers and first time workers
A collection of top interview tips for teens and those looking for jobs for the first time. These interview tips are essential and every job hunting teenager and first time workers should use them to gain an edge over their competitors.
Know the job requirements
Be prepared. Study the requirements for the job and list down all skills and strengths you have that will be necessary or advantageous for the job. Think about what makes you stand out from other teens or first time job seekers.
Know your resume
Remember what you have written in your resume and be certain that you do not inadvertently contradict yourself during the interview.
Focus on your key strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses, being prepared to speak about the ways and methods you will be able to use to overcome such weaknesses.
Know the organization
One of the worst things you can do is to make it obvious during the interview that you do not know anything about the organization you are applying a job for! Before the interview, read up on the organization and learn a few vital facts about the products and services they offer and their target markets.
The worse impression you can give an interviewer is to be late for your interview. If you are taking public transport, check for updates on delays. If public transport is very unreliable where you live, try to arrange for alternative means of transport if possible. If you are driving, check that parking is available nearby.
At the very least, you should arrive 15 minutes earlier than the appointed time.
If in doubt, ask the human resource manager or person who has invited you for an interview about the attire you should be wearing for the interview. For most interviews, err on the side of caution and wear formal attire.
Appropriate behavior during the interview
First impressions count:
- be enthusiastic
- be confident
- be positive
- show that you care
- remain alert and engaged
- do not look bored or uninterested
- appear friendly
- do not be too fussy
- mind your ps and qs
- ensure that you have appropriate manners!
Keep your answers to a suitable length
Unless the question is a straightforward one that needs only a “yes” or “no” answer, ideally, your answers should be at least around 1 minute long. If the question requires a longer response, extend the time to 2-3 minutes.
Answers should be well prepared in advance and should show the interviewer that they are measured and considered responses that you have had the foresight to prepare.
Prepare a short list of questions for the interviewer
During the interview, you should show your enthusiasm by being engaged. A great way to do so is to ask your interviewer appropriate questions. Do NOT ask about salary at this stage.
Rather, your questions should focus on leaving a good impression with the interviewer. Ideal questions are those that show that you have conducted your research and that you are seeking further information on the research you have done.
Our top interview questions would include:
- Questions on expectations –
- How can I meet and exceed the company’s expectations if I am hired for the job?
- What are the characteristics of the best employees you have in the company?
- What makes an employee valued in the company?
- Questions on the company –
- What is the biggest challenge for the company in today’s market?
- What are the company’s plans for the future?
- I have read that the company intends to expand its product / service range. What types of products / services that are likely to be introduced?
- Questions on the job –
- Would I be working in a team if I am hired for the job?
- What training and career advancement opportunities would there be in the company?
- What are the expectations of the company in relation to working hours?
- What are the company’s expectations on staff socializing with each other during working hours?
With each of these questions, be prepared to exhibit your strengths and skills in response to the possible answers you may receive from the interviewer.
End with an objective
End the interview with an objective. Usually, that objective is to establish a deadline for the interviewer to get back to you on the next stage such as a second interview or a job offer.