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Helpful Tips for an Easy Interview (for Teens)
These Tips helped me survive my big interview:
I took deep breaths on the elevator heading to the fifth floor for my interview. Fortunately, my employer was very nice. She smiled. I smiled. And then I put on my serious face. Point is, I felt calmer and a lot more confident about my interview. Need to ace an interview? Challenge Accepted!
Shaking Hands the Right Way
I learned in an etiquette class that there's a wrong way to shake hands. Who would've known that?
How to shake it:
- eye contact
- a firm one-two-break shake is the standard business handshake.
- Also remember to smile, when your employer smiles. Even if they seem like a real stiff, give them a polite grin and then return to a serious face.
Speaking clear and loud without being boisterous is key to being heard. Adults like to see teens who look and sound smart.
Talk to them the way you would your principal or respected teacher. I hate to hear stories about girls my age who lost out on an easy interview because their voice was a whisper. At the same time, people are working all around you, no need to yell.
Keep a flat talking voice, be adamant when talking about yourself, and I would suggest not begging, but sound appreciative. Speak kind, clear, and in a confident voice.
I love seeing people squirm, because I make myself sit still and put them to shame.
Sometimes, tapping your foot is audible, or knocking your fingers on the desk or chair. It shows that you're nervous or unprepared. If you have a condition, warn your employer before hand. But if you can, stop fidgeting.
Pretend you're in the middle of your PSAT/SAT, don't look around the room, or tap your pencil loudly on the desk. Sit there. Take the test. Get out of the room. That's an interview in a nutshell.
You're talking to someone with experience, and they probably don't have all the time in the world. Thank You goes a long way. Honestly, remember your P's & Q's, your employer will, big time. Another handshake, a smile, and the Interview is over. It's up to your employer to give you the gig based on your performance.