Here’s How To Get One
The summer is full of possibilities. It’s the time of year to hang out at the pool with friends, hit up the movies, stay up late and earn some extra cash. Summer jobs can provide you with the money you need to go out and have fun, and they’re flexible enough to allow you some freedom with having to return to school in the fall. You can find open positions in your area using a newspaper, online resources or by driving around and filling out applications. Whether you’re trying to start your own babysitting business, or getting work at your local fast-food restaurant, the interview process is always extremely important. And since it’s also usually the most stressful portion of landing a job, here’s some advice to help you through.
There are many factors that can influence how well your interview goes. The most obvious is how you dress. Don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing to school or church. Your goal should be to look professional and put-together. Of course you can still have fun and be stylish! It helps to lie out your outfit beforehand and ask for advice from friends and family. Do your hair and make-up and try to look like you put effort into your appearance. When you leave for the interview you should feel confident knowing that you look both fashionable and smart. Remember, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed!
The second factor that can affect your interview is punctuality. Don’t be late! Promptness is a great trait to have and shows employers that you’re dedicated. If your interview is early in the morning make sure to set multiple alarms. You can even have your mom or dad wake you up. Always leave yourself with enough time to get ready and to the meeting on time.
Another factor that will most certainly affect your interview is your response to the interview questions. They’re meant to determine whether or not you’re the right person for the job. There are a variety of questions that you could be inquired of in an interview, so have your family and friends ask you a few questions as practice. The more prepared you are, the more confident and assured you’ll be.
Some of the interviews you’ll participate in will be group interviews. No need to worry! These can actually be less stressful than an one-on-one interview. It’s important that you remember to stand out. Since you’ll be judged along with several others at the same time you’ll need to distinguish yourself. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Also, at the end of the interview, have at least one question to ask the interviewer. This shows good character and communication skills. It’s alright to ask something that might have been answered earlier in the conversation. And if you had a question earlier in the interview that was answered, say so. It’s shows that you’ve listened.
Finally, if the interviewer said that they would contact you within a week and they haven’t, follow up. You might worry that you’re badgering them, but you’re not! A quick phone call asking about the position shows that you’re interested and dedicated. It’s also a good idea to send a thank you note after any interview. Sending it by email is fine, but sending one by snail mail really makes an impression.
Good luck on landing your first summer job!
Secure a Summer Job With These Additional Tips
- Before an interview, do some research about the job and company you hope to work for. Are they affiliated with any religions or charities? What exactly will you be doing on the job? This will help you to be prepared and ready for any questions the interviewer might ask.
- Schedule your interview at a time that’s convenient for you. Try to be accommodating but if the time they suggest doesn’t work for you, tell them. It’s better for you to reschedule than to rush around frazzled before your interview.
- Take a copy of your resume or application with you, as well as a notepad and something to write with. The resume will allow you to quickly answer any questions about your past experience or volunteer service. It’s also helpful to jot down a few notes so you don’t forget anything the interviewer has told you.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview.
- When being interviewed, try to seem interested and interesting. However, it’s most important that you be yourself. God made you the way you are for a reason. Don’t hide who you are, because it may be what helps you land the job.
- Take some time to pinpoint key words about yourself. Are you a leader? Are you smart, daring, compassionate and honest? Find a way to work these words into your answers during the interview.
Having a Hard Time Landing Your First Interview?
Here are Three Tips to Help You Improve Your Application.
Volunteer – Selflessly supporting others demonstrates a thoughtful spirit, which is essential for jobs that deal with customers.
Involve Yourself with Extracurriculars – Organizing your schedule to coordinate school work as well as other activities demonstrates the ability to management time effectively.
Connect with Church and Youth Group Communities – Your church community has several opportunities to meet people, build your character and develop more experience, making you a prime candidate for a summer job.
Here are some common interview questions to help you feel more prepared:
- Do you have any previous work experience? If so, what?
- What drew you to apply for this position?
- What would you say are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
- Describe your work ethic.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?