The best way for any teen to land a job they are interviewing for is to be professional. Teens need to step up to the plate and be the part they desire to be. Dress for the part, act the part, and learn a little bit about the company they want to work for. By being knowledgeable and professional, they will have a pretty good chance of landing the job they desire.
Most importantly, teens must arrive on time. By arriving on time and looking professional they will be a step ahead of the other interviewees. Teens need to arrive looking the part, which means no jeans or everyday school clothes. Teens will want to wear a nice pair of dress pants accompanied by a nice, clean top. For guys, this should include a shirt and tie. This is also a good time to break out a can of shoe polish, as your refurbished shoes could be your ticket to landing the job. Remember, it is better to over dress than to under dress. A teen will not be judged by wearing dress clothes; but judgement will surely take place when a teen arrives sporting jeans that are tattered and torn.
Many times a job application has been completed and submitted beforehand. Teens should take a copy of this with them, as well as an updated resume, accompanied with their schedule. This way if the potential employer has any questions, the teen will be ready to answer. These items can be carried in a nice looking portfolio case or a sharp looking folder. Remember, by looking professional, the chances of landing that job are greatly increased.
When the interviewer is speaking, it is very important for teens to remember to look them in the eye. By looking at the interviewer; this shows them that they are paying attention and interested in the position. Should they choose to look at the floor, as opposed to the interviewer, there is a pretty good chance that someone else will get the job.
Most importantly teens need to remember to be polite, as the words thank you can not be expressed enough during an interview. The interviewer is taking valuable time out of their day for the interview, so it is of the utmost importance that the interviewee expresses their appreciation for the interview. A hand written thank you note may seem old fashioned, but could be your ticket getting hired. This not only gets your name back in front of the person that interviewed you, but it also expresses your gratitude for their time.
For many teens a great way to gain work experience is through volunteering. Here in Austin, Minnesota, we are fortunate to have the Mower County Humane Society. Teens can learn valuable experience through their time spent at this facility. Through volunteering, teens learn how to be dependable, responsible, and learn new communication skills. This gives them a step ahead of many other teens. Chances are, there will be several other individuals applying and interviewing for the same job.
During these challenging economic times, several people are searching for jobs. Many teens are focused on finding a job, as they enjoy the money and self-worth that they gain while working. By being professional, looking the part, and remembering that hand shakes are a good thing; many teens have a very good chance of hearing the words, “You are hired!”