Job Interview Tips for Teens
Hi, I'm Alison Doyle for about.com. For any job interview, it's important to impress the interviewer from the moment you arrive. Here are some tips on what you should – and what you shouldn't – do during a job interview. Schedule the Job Interview Before you go to the interview, know what days and hours you are available to work. The employer will ask. Flexibility is definitely an asset, because the more time you are available, the easier it is for the employer to set a work schedule. Also know how you are going to get to and from work, if you don't drive Dress in Appropriate Interview Attire What you wear should be neat and tidy, with appropriate shoes, minimal jewelry, and perfume. Bring a portfolio with extra copies of your resume, a copy of your working papers, a list of references, and a notepad and pen. Be on time. Arrive a few minutes early for your interview. If you don't drive, make sure you have a ride who can get you to the interview on time. Shake your interviewer's hand. During the interview, it's important to pay attention and focus on the interviewer. Talking on the phone or texting during an interview is not only disruptive, it's rude. Avoid Rude Interview Distractions Leave your phone and iPod at home or turned off in your bag. Don't chew gum, eat candy or anything else or bring a drink or food with you to the interviewer. Prepare answers to typical interview questions in advance, so you're comfortable responding. Job Interview Etiquette Don't sit until you are invited to. Don't slouch in your chair. Don't use slang or swear. Be polite, positive, and professional throughout the interview. It's important to make eye contact with your interviewer and to focus on the question.
Focus on the interviewer and don't get distracted. If you have a hair (or any other issue) ignore it until after the interview. It's important to thank the interviewer for their time and to let them know that you look forward to hearing from them. Job Interview Follow Up Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. If you have an email address, send an email thank-you note, otherwise send a paper note thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.