Congratulations! Now you want to impress them and convince them to hire you.
Before the big day:
- Figure out where the interview is and how to get there.
- Find out how long it will take. Line up a ride or look into public transportation options. Plan for traffic.
- Look for info about the company online. What do they do? Where are they located? What are they known for? When you go for your interview, you want to show that you know something about the company and that you really want to work there.
- Pick an outfit. Borrow one, hit the thrift store, or put something together from your own closet. Let your clothes show that you are a grown-up and you want to be a professional. Don’t wear shorts, or jeans, or a t-shirt.
Day of your interview:
- Be on time! It is better to be early than late. Bring a copy of your resume. Make sure it’s clean and printed on nice paper.
- When you arrive, be friendly and polite with everyone you meet. Look them in the eye, introduce yourself. If they extend their hand, shake it.
- You will probably be given a job application form to fill out. It might ask you for the same information you already have in your resume. Fill it out anyway. Write neatly.
- Listen carefully to the questions that you are asked about yourself.
- Let your body language show that you really want this job. Sit up straight, and try to look interested at all times. Make eye contact. Smile.
- Pick your words carefully. Speak clearly. Don’t use slang or rude words. Be respectful.
- Talk about why you are the right person for the job! Be modest, but be sure to explain what you’re good at, and why you think they should hire you.
- Remember that the interview is also an important time for you to evaluate the interviewer and the company she represents.
- At the end of the interview, ask them what will happen next. Ask for the email address of the person who interviewed you if you don’t already have it.
After the interview:
- Send a thank-you note by email to the person who interviewed you. Tell them you are interested in the job and why.
Not sure where to start? Check out the full Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit below.
Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit
The Get That Job and Keep It Toolkit is meant to assist youth and their job coaches in the journey toward finding and maintaining a job. You’ll find helpful explanations, worksheets and links throughout the guide. This guide is best used in conjunction with a Google account and a supportive adult mentor that can serve as a Job Coach. Download PDF