Job Interview Tips

1. What to Wear 

The most important rule for teen interviewing is to dress appropriately. Your clothing should be neat and tidy - think khakis and a polo shirt. Your shoes should be appropriate for the job you're interviewing for, and you should avoid extreme hairstyles or colors. Also, keep makeup and perfume to a minimum. No jeans or shorts, no tank tops, crop tops, or anything especially low cut or too short - keeping everything professional is a must.

2. Practice Interviewing 

Review examples of interview questions and answers on the web, and practice your responses before you go. Ask a family member or friend to help you out by asking you some questions, so you can practice your answers.

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3. Be Prepared

Don't just show up for the interview. The more information you have prepared in advance, the better impression you will make on the interviewer. Take the time to get working papers (if you need them) and references before you start looking for a job. Bring the following with you to the interview: 

  • Completed application (if the employer doesn't have it already)
  • Working Documents: Permit, Social Security Card, Driver's License
  • References
  • Resume
  • Notepad and pen

4. Be Polite

It's essential to have good manners when interviewing. Shake your interviewer's hand firmly and look him or her in the eye. 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. 

5. Know Your Schedule

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. 

6. Be on Time

Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early. If you're not sure where to go, get directions and go on a trial run ahead of time. If you don't have a driver's license, make sure you have a ride. 

7. Go on Your Own! 

If your mom or dad takes you to an interview, don't bring them inside. Go by yourself. It's important that you speak for yourself and connect with the interviewer without someone else's assistance. 

8. Send a Thank You Note

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. Grammar and spelling count.