Interview Tips For Teens

We asked business owners for interview tips and here is what they said:

  1. Call to ask about the job yourself instead of your parent or guardian, and always say "Yes" not "Yeah".
  2. Don't be late. Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early and make sure you know where you're going ahead of time.
  3. Do not show up under the influence of anything! This should be a no brainer but it has happened, true story!
  4. Turn off your phone and put it away.
  5. Dress appropriately. No jeans, t-shirts, short shorts, short dresses or tank tops. You get the idea.
  6. When introducing yourself, look the employer in the eye and shake their hand. This one is important. Most of the business owners we polled said this.
  7. Know the job description and research the place of business beforehand.
  8. Talk about other jobs you have had, your experience with volunteering, school projects and activities.
  9. Always say Thank You at the end of the interview.
  10. If you haven't heard anything about the job, it's ok to follow up.