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Preparing for a job interview as a teen can be a daunting task. Follow these simple tips to raise your confidence so you can nail the interview and potentially get the job.See Transcript

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Today we'll be going over some job interviewing tips for teens.   

Preparing for your interview 

If the job you are applying for has a specific job description, review it before your interview and think of examples and experiences which qualify you for the position.  If you are applying for a position in retail or food services, think of experiences where you spent time interacting and communicating with a variety of people.  

Draw from school events and volunteer activities if you lack work experience.  Being prepared will ensure that you provide your strongest and most relevant response to your interview questions. 

If possible, have someone conduct a practice interview with you so you feel more comfortable answering questions about yourself.   

Make a Resume 

The job you are applying for may or may not require a resume.  If you already have created a resume, bring it along to give to your interviewer.  If you do not have a resume, it is a good idea to make one, even if you don't have a lot of work experience, as it gives your interviewer something to reference during the interview.   

Dressing for the Interview 

Your attire is one of the first things your interviewer will notice about you.  You want your outfit to convey your ability to perform the job.  Make sure your clothing is clean and your general appearance tidy and put together.   

For men: slacks, a button-up shirt, and nice shoes.

For women: slacks or a knee length skirt, a conservative top, and nice shoes.   

During the interview 

Shake your interviewer's hand, introduce yourself, sit down, and offer your resume. Try to relax and be yourself.  Be confident in your abilities.  Try to make your responses clear and to the point, and always focus on answering the question they asked you.   

Sit up in your chair, do not lean forward onto the table, or slouch back into your seat.   At the end of the interview, shake their hand again and thank them for their time, and restate your interest in working for them.  And that's it.  Good luck!  

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