An important piece of career development for teens just entering the workforce are your interview skills. These interview tips for teens can be used to help prepare for upcoming interviews, but should also be thought of in non-formal interview situations as well. Interviews are very exciting times, but often cause a lot of stress, so I hope that these tips help in your next interview:
Tip #3: Relax
I know that this is hard to do but you must know that by the time you have been invited for an interview they assume that you have the technical skills to meet the job requirements, and most interviews are meant to validate those assumptions about you and to assess your character. With that in mind it’s best to think of an interview as a conversation, where you are introducing yourself to someone new. In addition to talking about your work experience and interest in the position, try to ensure that the interviewer gets a well-rounded view of who you are outside of work as well. Do you volunteer, what books/magazines do you read, what are your interests…?
Tip #2: Be Specific
Give details about all of the situations that you reference, the task and actions that you took, and most importantly the results of your actions. Talk about projects, initiatives, or ad-hoc work that the interviewer may be familiar with. This is essential because it provides additional context to the information that the interviewer already knows about you from your resume. It’s not about the quantity of information that you can get out in the interview, it’s about the quality of it and how it supports the message you want to send.
Prepare for the interview by identifying the message that you want the interviewer to remember about you. Ask yourself, at the end of the interview what do you want the interviewer to think of you? Once you have identified the message you want to send, your next step should be to recall what experiences you can reference that best demonstrate those characteristics. Everything that you say in an interview should support that message.
Tip #1: Success is not in the offer
Another thing to keep in mind is that not all successful job interviews result in a job offer. They may determine that you are not the right fit for that specific position, but by making a good impression they may remember and consider you for other positions. A successful interview is one where the interviewer is easily able to recall who you are, what you bring to the table, and how your skills will translate into performance.