Student Part-Time Job Interview Tips
Student part-time job hunting, especially for young teenagers, can be quite challenging. Students must prepare themselves well in advance to perform successfully at the interview and come out with flying colors. A professional-looking resume and a great covering letter are only the initial steps. The interview plays the pivotal role of selecting the first among equals. Paying attention to how well you prepare and present for the interview and how well you handle yourself all show the employer how good a candidate you are for the job.
Following are some of the tips that could get you selected at the first try:
1: Know the Company
The most important step is to know all about the company where you are applying for the job, its goals etc. You can check out on the Internet. If you are going in person to check out for brochure, handouts etc, be polite and professional when asking at the front desk. It will be a chance to gain prior knowledge about the interview location.
2: Know Yourself
List all your accomplishments and skills. Learn that selling mobile covers is an exercise in consumer persuasion and babysitting an exercise in child psychology and crisis management. And learn about your personal traits; like being honest, being smart, hardworking, persevering, motivated and responsible. So you can be yourself and act maturely to accept the responsibility of the new job.
3: Develop a Professional-looking You
Start practicing days before how to talk formally and politely, stand straight, walk confidently, don't slouch, make eye contact when talking and don't use any negative body language traits. This persona will win the respect of the interviewer.
4: Dressing for the Interview
Dress more formally than usual. You should not wear anything loud or shocking. Learn to choose a pastel or sober color that will suit you. If you look good, you gain confidence and self-assurance. Clean hair, fingernails and well-pressed dress, polished shoes and a well-groomed look all are important.
5: Know the Questions
Prepare a list of probable questions and learn the answers. This will make you less nervous since you would be prepared for them. You should prepare your own list of questions.
6: Answering Questions
Listen carefully and answer respectfully and in simple language. If you do not know something, accept it and answer as best you can with what you know. Do not offer any personal opinions. You should answer with facts only unless asked specifically by the interviewer about your personal opinion about any issue. Let your employer start the topic of salary.
At the end of interview, thank him/her politely and show optimism and polite interest to know of the outcome. You can get more help and tips from sites like Groovejob. Preparing for an interview is somewhat like preparing for an exam. Last minute cramming will not really help. It is always better to start preparing some days in advance so that you can face the interview with an amount of poise and confidence. But practice is the key word here.