By: Michelle Ortiz
As seasonal job opportunities for teenagers start appearing such as The Buford Corn Maze, or working as Santa’s elf for the holiday, most teens do not know how to conduct themselves for a job interview. Nilda Vicens, a current spanish teacher at Mill Creek was the department head of Duluth high school and has interviewed multiple people along side with Jason Lane, the current principal of Mill Creek. The following list is advice from Vicens in hopes to help students be better prepared for interviews.
- Conduct Research. The more research you do, the more you’ll understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions. “You want to know the ethics required for the company.If you are going to apply to the COCA COLA company you wouldn’t want to mention that your favorite drink is Pepsi.”
- Review Common Interview Questions. Your goal is composing detailed yet concise responses, focusing on specific examples and accomplishments. “A common question will be
- Dress for Success. Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. “If I see somebody well dressed and looking professional that would impatiently get my attention.”
- Arrive on Time for the Interview. According to Vicens, you should strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled.
- First Impressions. Remain respectful, professional and confident, smiling a little (not with a pasted on grin) and be as calm, yet enthusiastic as possible. You never know who could be part of the hiring process.
- Remember Body Language.
“If you sit down like you’re sitting in your living room and unprofessional that is something that i will take notice. If you should sit straight with confidence showing that you’re a professional.” Effective forms of body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.
Ineffective forms of body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.
- Ask Insightful Questions.
The smart job-seeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. “You should always ask questions it show you’re interested in the job.” Simple questions like asking about the work hours can go a long way.
- Sell Yourself. “Make it known that you are the candidate for the position that you are the one that they need to hire because you have all the correct qualities.”