Sucess Tips for Teens!
Recently I spoke with the manager of a local restaurant. I complimented him on his staff.
He replied, “Yes, but I had to go through hundreds of applications to get this cream of the crop. The majority of teens that come in here looking for a job are terrible. I would not even invest the time to train them.”
I asked, “What are the biggest problems you see with teens looking for jobs?”
He turned his hand up to resemble a cell phone and held out his arm and said, “Those darn cell phones! These kids want to look at their phones ALL the time. They don’t know how to make eye contact or talk to people. I can’t have them waiting on customers.”
He told me that many of the teens have awful interview skills and use text language (u, r, etc.) to fill out their job applications. I realized that teenage job interview tips are urgently needed to help teens succeed in their interview and get that job!
The following are some powerful teenage job interview tips from my book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today's Wired World to ensure your teen is in the “cream of the crop”!:
• Be enthusiastic.
• Sit up straight.
• Listen attentively, smile, and make good eye contact.
• Be prepared to describe yourself in a few sentences.
• Common opening interview questions include "Tell me about yourself" and "Why do you want to work here?"
• Be prepared to explain why you are interested in the job. For example, "I'm interested in earning extra money this summer."
• Highlight skills and experiences you bring to the job.
• If you don’t have previous experience tell them you want to learn.
Learn more teenage job interview tips in my award-winning book Smile & Succeed for Teens.