Interviewing Tips for Teens


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Sail through that interview with proper preparation

Job hunting is a tedious task. The competition is tough so the job seeker must be tougher. Once you get the call for that job interview, be sure you are ready to make that first impression smooth as honey.


First things first, be on time. When you have an interview make sure you double check the date and time of your appointment. Give yourself plenty of time to get there. Show up on time, which is about seven to ten minutes early. Do not show up more than fifteen minutes early.

Being tardy, even a few minutes, to your interview makes a horrible first impression. However, if you are going to be late make sure you call the company and let the interviewer know you are on your way.

Dress for Success

Before leaving your house to go to your interview look in the mirror, if you have any rips or holes in your outfit, change. If you have facial piercings, take them out. If you have tattoos, cover as much of them as you can. Do not wear a lot of make-up, jewelry, or perfume/cologne. Absolutely NO flip flops.  

Practice makes Perfect

Mock interviewing is going to be the most helpful thing you can do to prepare you for your interview. Ask a family member of friend to ask you interview questions. If you do not have anyone who will interview you find a mirror and ask yourself questions.

Sample Questions:

  • Why do you want this job? 
    (Try to find out about the company and have some questions of your own.) 
  • Why did you leave your last job?
    (If you left on bad terms explain, but try and keep it positive.)
  • Tell me about yourself.
    (Do not give a life history/soap opera. They do not care about your boyfriend/girlfriend they want to know what groups or activities you are involved in. They are looking for leadership and team work.)
  • Do you have a resume?
    (If you don’t have a working resume make one. Look on-line if you need help and make sure someone reads it over before you send it out.) 
  • What are some of your strengths?
    (Think of examples of your strengths in the workplace or with friends.)  
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
    (Point out one of your weaknesses and how you are working on it. Example: I’m not very organized but I have bought a planner and I’m trying to use it to schedule my events.) 
  • What is an example of customer service you provided?
    (If you’ve never had a job think of a difficult situation and how you worked it out.) 

To text or not to text?

When you arrive at your interview location turn your phone OFF or to SILENT not vibrate, you do not want any interruptions. Do not, under ANY circumstance, answer your phone or text during the interview.

Good Posture

Good body language is essential. Make eye contact and focus on being positive and friendly. Attitude is one of the top things employers are looking for when they interview.  

A Family Event?  

Do not bring friends or babies to your interview. Period. Trust me, they can get the details later.

With this oh so helpful list of tips and tidbits you will be well on your way to getting hired! Anyone have any more tips that have helped them while job hunting?

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About mmissyb5

I am the Leadership and Mentoring Coordinator for Youth EmployAbility Service. After graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations I attained a job at the Division of Youth Services. I moved to the YES program and enjoy my job working with young adults immensely. You can check out our community involvement and workshops on Facebook at this link:
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