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Job Interview Tips for High School Students

Job Interview Tips      High school is the time when most of us will decide we want to get a job or internship.  A job is a great way to keep you busy, learn and make money. An internship is similar, in which you work in an organization to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.  Internships usually go without pay, but that’s more experience under your belt that another candidate might not have. Depending on the internship, they may interview you, so to increase your chances of earning that job or internship, here are some tips.

     Before looking for a job/internship you should obtain your working papers from the guidance counselor’s office.  Then, make a resume, which will help you down the road. Over the course of high school you can add to it. This keeps you organized, just like employers want.  Do not lie on this resume by adding experience you have never had. If you don’t have a prior job experience, then an internship is right for you. As writer Alison Doyle explains, “even though you may not have much information to include, a resume shows that you're serious about your job search.”  They are great tools to help you stand out.

     The interview process for jobs and internships is simple, but nerve-wracking.  The employer will ask you a series of questions and you are going to answer them to the best of your ability.  As cliché as it may sound, it is extremely important to look and act professionally! Speak with proper grammar and act mature.  First impressions are really important. Dress nicely, for instance. Guys should wear a button down shirt and dress pants and ladies should wear a dress or slacks.  Personal hygiene is just as important but constantly overlooked. Take a shower, brush your teeth and spritz on some of your best perfume or cologne because that little extra will make a big difference.  You will feel great and therefore be more confident in your interview. Before the interview, be sure to research the company or job that you are applying for and see what kind of applicants they look for.  You may learn a thing or two about the company that you may be able to bring up in the interview, which will impress the interviewer. Are you the type to get tongue tied and stutter when faced with pressure situations?  Help yourself out by planning out questions and answers to those questions. The interviewer may not ask those exact questions but you will be able to connect the questions you made to the ones they ask.

     Don’t be afraid to be inquisitive.  It shows you are ready to work because you are truly interested instead of going along with whatever they say just to make money.  Finally, be confident. Confidence is not on a shelf in the store but rather something within you. The more prepared you feel, the more confident you will be.  Now, go get that job!

Jolie Santiago