One of the best ways to prepare your teen for adulthood and their life outside of your home is for him or her to get a job. The life skills that your teen can learn while working can be invaluable to them throughout the rest of the life. However, before they can get a job, they first have to know how to handle a job interview. So to help your teen feel prepared for this potentially intimidating experience, here are three tips for preparing your teen for their first job interview.
Do A Little Research Beforehand
If your teen gets called in for an interview at a potential job, one of the first things you should encourage him or her to do is to conduct a little research beforehand. It can be supremely helpful for your teen to know a little background about both the company they might be working for and the position they could possible be filling. According to Jacob Share, a contributor to LiveCareer.com, having some knowledge about the job you’re applying for and what it is you might be doing can be very helpful when answering questions during the interview. If your teen already sounds knowledgeable, they have a better chance of landing this job.
Be Prepared To Talk About Your Life and Your Schedule
For your teen, a job interview might be one of the first times in their life that they’ll be speaking with an adult that they don’t have any kind of rapport with. Some teens can find this very intimidating, which could result in them being nervous during the interview and not getting the job. In order to prepare for this, you should try to help you teen get comfortable talking about themselves, their life, and their schedule. Alison Doyle, a contributor to The Balance Careers, suggests that you have your teen figure out when they can or can’t work during the week so they can immediately tell their interviewer what shifts they could work and when they wouldn’t be available.
Dress The Part
One of the hardest parts of an interview for some teens is dressing the part. So many teenagers take their style so seriously that dressing in a way they’re not used to can seem like a big infringement on their individuality. But in order to land a job, Amy White, a contributor to SnagAJob.com, advises that you encourage your teen to dress up a bit. This means wearing something that’s at least business casual. Also, try to avoid extremes with hair styles or makeup for an interview. So if your teen loves wearing their hair in a mohawk or does makeup contouring, try to have him or her scale it back for the interview.
If you have a teen that’s about to start hunting for a job, consider using the tips mentioned above to help him or her nail their first job interview.