As summer jobs end and the holidays approach, students are looking for new jobs and employers are looking for new workers. With the competitive job market, it is a struggle to find a job, especially as a teenager. LaRosa’s Human Resources Manager Shauna Duvall offers some tips to high school students to help them ace an interview.
- DO Wear appropriate clothing. Boys should wear a tucked-in, collared shirt with khakis or dress pants. Girls should wear a modest-length skirt or dress pants with a shirt that is not low cut.
- DO Be polite. Remember to say ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am,’ even if it seems cheesy.
- DO Put extracurriculars on the resume. “It’s important that they put this in a separate section other than the work history section,” Duvall said. “The work history section should only be for paid work.”
- DO Fill out the application along with supplying a resume. A resume is not a substitute for an application.
- DO Fill out the entire application. Instead of leaving a section blank, put N/A in the space.
- DO Arrive early. Be sure to arrive to the interview at least ten minutes early.
- DO “Remember to speak up,” Duvall said. “The interviewer needs to hear your answers. This is especially important for a job dealing with the public; if the interviewer can’t hear you, then the customers won’t either.”
- DO Make eye contact and pay attention to the interview questions.
- DO think before you speak. “If the interviewer asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, please let the interviewer know you need a moment to think of an appropriate answer,” Duvall said.
- DON’T Be cocky. “Don’t assume you have the job and if you do, don’t let the interviewer know that,” Duvall said. “It is a put off if an applicant walks in thinking they have the job.”
- DON’T Use slang when filling out an application.
- DON’T Use an inappropriate email address on your application. “I have received email addresses such as lilsexything@……com, violentmax@….com, idapimp@….com, etc. Be professional!” Duvall said.
- DON’T Put an outdated phone number or email address on the application.
- DON’T Slouch. Bad posture shows that you aren’t taking the interview seriously.
- DON’T Write illegibly on the application.
- DON’T Wear multiple earrings, bracelets, or rings.
- DON’T lie. “This may sound like common sense, but don’t lie on your application. From how long you have lived at your current address to the jobs you have had in the past,” Duvall said. “The person looking over your application will figure it out.”
- DON’T Have an inappropriate voicemail greeting. Potential employers will be calling to schedule interviews and ask follow-up questions. “I have called [many people] with voicemails with inappropriate songs on their greeting, they cuss in their greeting or it is just unprofessional,” Duvall said. “Please leave a message that is clear with an appropriate greeting such as, ‘Thank you, you have reached ____-_____, I cannot come to the phone right now but if you leave your number and a brief message, I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you and have a great day.’”
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