The Perfect Interview


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People generally try to work during high school as a way to make some more money and get involved in the workforce. This is usually a first-job experience for many people, so it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. I’ve prepared some tips that may help in the interview front, which, if present when trying to get a job, is usually the most anxious part of applying.

First, make yourself aware of some of the common questions you could be asked. The “What skills do you have to offer?” and “Why should we hire you?” are some extremely typical examples, but be prepared to answer questions like “Tell me a time where you encountered a business challenge” as well. With these answers, be extremely concise. You don’t want to bore the person interviewing you because you’re talking too much, but you still want to give the information.

With the general questions understood, another good piece of advice is to make sure your body language shows you want the job. This is often overlooked but it is still extremely important. You’re not going to be seen as confident if you’re slouching or mumbling in your speech. Sit up straight, dress for the occasion, and overall just do what you can to feel formal, but not fake. The last thing a company wants is someone artificial; they want you as yourself, so give them that.

In short, the less you worry about it, the easier it will be (which goes for a lot of things). As long as you feel prepared, the actual process will go as well as you set it up to go. Don’t overthink it, and just be yourself. And, of course, make sure the resumé’s good, too.