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Job Interview Etiquette for Teenagers - How to Get a Job

2016-06-21 04:38:54am

So you want to get a job, huh?  Maybe you’re saving up for your first car, you want to contribute towards your college fund, or perhaps you just want to upgrade your phone to the latest iPhone?  Either way, you’re going to need money to do those things, and to have money, you usually have to get a job first. 

Now, your goal shouldn’t be just to find a job, it should be to find a job and to keep that job.  In order to keep your job, you are going to have to follow certain social protocols so that your employer not only respects you, but values you as a member of their team.  These are the same social rules that will usually land you the job in the first place.  So, if you’re looking for a job, follow the rules listed below as you head out to your job interviews so that you can make a good first impression.

It all starts with your application.  When you go into the place of employment to ask for an application, be sure that you are dressed appropriately.  Now, you don’t have to be all “suit & tie” when you ask for the application, but you might not want to go in with your stinky basketball uniform on, or your swim suit.  Ask for the application with an appropriate outfit on, that won’t make them target you as “unemployable”.  Also, no matter who gives you the application - be nice to them. You never know, the manger might be working behind the counter.  Also, you also don’t know exactly who you will be interviewing with, so you don’t want to rub someone the wrong way from the start by being rude when you ask for the application.  Put your nice face on and your nice clothes and go in there to get that application #likeaboss.  Be sure to fill it out as neat as possible too.  You want all of your contact information to be legible so you will be one of the first people they call for an interview.

Dress appropriately for the interview.  A good rule of thumb is that you will want to dress up, instead of wearing your everyday clothes.  Depending on the job that you are interviewing for, you might dress like you are going to church.  Guys may wear a nice collared shirt, button down shirt, slacks, and for professional jobs, you should wear a suit and tie.  Ladies should wear a nice blouse, a skirt, a dress, or some nice slacks with a button down shirt.  Please do not wear jeans, flip flops, beach attire, or shorts to your interview. 
Arrive to the interview 15 minutes early.  This will show the employer that you are responsible, and eager to speak with them.  Of course, after you get the job, you will want to continue arriving either early or on time so that you can maintain your employment status.  Employers hate when their employees are consistently late.  Don’t let that be the reason they let you go.  
At the interview, greet everyone with a firm handshake, make eye contact, and smile. This will show that you are confident and ready to work!
While in the interview, be sure to sit up straight. Don’t slouch, or lean back in your chair.   Answer the interview questions honestly, and give examples of your positive traits.  Don’t answer any question with a simple “yes” or “no”.  Tell them why you are the best candidate for the position that you are interviewing for.  For example, if they ask you “Do you have any work experience?” Say either “yes” or “no” and then explain the experience that you have.  If you don’t have any work experience, then explain the types of experiences that you do have like volunteering, participating on a team, babysitting, etc.   Also, refrain from talking about anything controversial during the interview like politics, religion, and stories of bad gossip.  Keep the conversation light and highlight your strengths so that the employer knows how you can benefit their company.
At the end of the interview, be sure to ask for the interviewer’s business card, and then shake their hand before you leave.  After the interview, be sure to send a quick “thank you” email thanking the employer for their time and their consideration.  This is a nice gesture and will usually earn you some cool points because it shows that you are considerate.
Then, wait patiently.  If you don’t hear from the employer within two weeks, contact them to see if they have made their hiring decision, and also express that you are still interested. 

Good luck on your job search!