It’s vital that your son or daughter finds out as much as possible about the company and their role. Whether it’s serving food in a pizza restaurant or helping out in a book store, being knowledgeable and enthusiastic in a job interview will make a great impression. Check out the company website and social media to find out all the latest news prior to the interview.
Do a practice run
Get your teen used to answering questions in a positive way. Run through a typical interview scenario, asking a few likely questions, like:
- What interests you about this role?
- What value can you add to this job?
- What do you foresee your strength and weakness being in this role?
- How has your schoolwork prepared you for this job?
Phrases like ‘I pick things up quickly’ and ‘I’m a great team player’ work well, but they need to be prepared to give examples!
Any experience should be given in some detail so employers get a sense of what they’re capable of. If your son or daughter has been a team captain, headed up a school project, volunteered for a charity, or created their own blog, it’s important to detail what this entailed and what skills were learnt in the process.
Equally it’s important to give employers a sense of the kind of person they are, listing their qualities and interests. They may be tech-savvy, creative, or good at problem solving. Such qualities might make them right for the role in question, or for another role that may come up later.
Help them create the right impression
Depending on the job, a formal suit and tie might not be necessary, but a neat appearance can work wonders in any situation. Basic grooming, like clean nails, combed hair, smelling fresh and a clean shave or natural make-up will show your son or daughter means business. Also, remind your child to look the interviewer in the eye – this shows confidence and maturity, but it may take some practice at home first.
A first job interview is incredibly nerve-wracking for a young person, so give them a head start. Knowing they have fresh breath will boost their confidence, while making a great impact on any interviewer. So, make sure they brush their teeth with Oral-B toothpaste (https://www.everydaymearabia.com/en/tag/toothpaste) – a brighter smile will help your teen look warm and feel self-assured.
End on a high
Once the interview is over, encourage your son or daughter to ask questions. An interviewee who wants to know more shows initiative and intelligence, so get them to raise a query or two at the end of the interview, such as
- What are you looking for in an employee?
- What hesitations do you have about me that I can help address?
And however they feel the interview went, make sure your child ends it on a positive note, thanking the interviewer for the opportunity. Not having all the right answers doesn’t mean disaster. Attitude counts for a lot.