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Preparing for an Interview

So you are thinking about getting a job.  Good for you!  A job is ‚Äča great way to learn valuable life skills and earn some extra money.

Things to do before you apply for a job:

  • Be honest about your availability.  Look for jobs that will work with your schedule.  If you have sports practice every night and games every weekend, it may not be the best time to apply.
  • Know your transportation options related to the potential work schedule.  Will you drive yourself, rely on a family member, or will you need to use public transportation?
  • Research the company/business where you are thinking about applying.  Become familiar with the hours that they are open and the products that they sell.  Check out their social media pages; find out what they are talking about. 
  • Know where they are located so you do not get lost on your way to the interview.  When you get that interview, you want to make a great first impression.  Arrive about 15 minutes early.
  • Practice your interviewing skills.  Ask a parent or your sibling to pose as the employer while you practice answering questions about yourself and your job history.  Practice selling the idea of hiring you.  Explain why you would be a great fit for this position.
  • Be friendly and confident.  Put a smile on your face and be sure to maintain eye contact.
  • Future employers will ask you about your employment history. Keep your answers honest and positive.  If you do not yet have a job history, talk about your volunteer work, school activities that you are involved in, or the side jobs that you have done for friends and neighbors.
  • Prepare your resume and references.  References should include first and last names, how you know the person, and how to contact them.  If you do not have a previous employer, give names and numbers of coaches, teachers, mentors, neighbors, or youth pastors.
  • Decide ahead of time what you are going to wear.  Find out what the dress code is at the company and dress for the job that you wish to have.  Be sure your clothes are clean and not too tight or revealing.  Depending on where you are interviewing, tone down your jewelry, make up and hairstyle.  Dress for success. 

This is the time for your personality and potential to shine through; you can do it!


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