First job interview tips for teens

If you are a teenager ready to begin your first job search - here are some tips on writing a resume, filling out an application and how to prepare for job interviews.

First job interview tips for teens can often be the same tips that adults need too! If you are a teenager ready to begin a job search - you need to be ready for job interviews. The type of job you may be able to obtain might be different for a 13 year old, a 16 year old or an 18 year old. But, no matter what age you are, if you're applying for jobs, you're probably going to have job interviews! Here are some BEFORE, DURING and AFTER interview tips that can help you land that job!

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

Before you begin knocking on a prospective employer's door, you will need to do a little bit of research. First, make a list of 10-20 possible places you would like to work for. Next, get some notebook paper and write out each choice on a different piece of paper. You may want to put your papers in the order of your first choice, second choice, third choice, and so on. On each page note where the place of business is located, who owns the business, what the business does, why you want to work at the business, and how you will help the business.

For example, if a business you have chosen is Fred's Flower Shop, you might use the following list:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS? Fred's Flower Shop

WHERE IS THE BUSINESS LOCATED? 1010 Main St., Anywhere, CA 55555

WHO IS THE OWNER? Fred Flower - my mom's friend

WHAT IS THIS BUSINESS? Flower design and delivery

WHY DO I WANT TO WORK HERE? I love flowers and plants and want to learn more about this business.

HOW WOULD YOU HELP THE BUSINESS? Because I'm old enough to drive, I can offer to be a delivery person. I could also help with statements or clean the front show room. I could occasionally watch the designers and begin to assist with basic designs.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS: When did the business open? Does it have an interesting history?



PREPARE A RESUME - Obtain a book on how to type a simple resume. Even if you don't need a resume, you'll find it handy when you're filling out applications. And, if you do need a resume - you'll be ahead of the game!

DURING THE INTERVIEW

Arriving for interview: Make sure you are prompt and on time. In fact, it is best if you can arrive about 10 minutes early.

Dress and Appearance:

It doesn't matter if you'll be wearing jeans and a T-shirt for the job - DO NOT wear them to your job interview! Dress in your Sunday best! If you are male, it is not necessary to wear a tie; however, you'll want to wear a nice shirt and a nice pair of slacks. Females may wear a dress, a skirt and blouse, or a blouse and nice pair of slacks. Dress or skirt length needs to be appropriate. This is NOT the time to wear your black leather mini-skirt.

Speaking:

Politeness speaks volumes. Begin the interview with a thank you and end the interview with a thank you. Don't mumble. Make eye contact with the person you are speaking to. Be honest. Smile. It is during the interview that you will have the opportunity to discuss why you would like to work for this person or place. You'll know why because you did your research before the interview!

AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Shake hands and thank the person that interviewed you. Tell them that you appreciate their time and that you look forward to hearing from them. When you get home, immediately write a thank you note to the person that interviewed you.

A thank you note example:

Dear Mr. Smith:

I interviewed with you for the flower delivery person position. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

John Doe

Whether you land a job mowing lawns, delivering flowers, or sacking groceries, you'll probably have been asked to interview for the position. You'll know you got the job because you were smart enough to be prepared at your interview!

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