While you’re looking for work this summer, here’s 10 things you should never do during a job interview
By Claire B., Teen Reporter, BGC Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Harriet H. Samuelsson Branch
It’s no secret that most teens nowadays want to be more and more like adults. They want their own cars, their own place to live and their own lives, but this all starts with getting a job. Teens today are looking for jobs every second they can.
Being able to have your own job and get a monthly paycheck gives us teens that “adult” feeling, even if we aren't living completely on our own yet. Saving money to buy a car or pay for college is a great feeling. And now that summertime is here, it's also nice to have your own money to go out to eat, see a movie or even go to the mall and buy some new clothes.
Are you looking for a job this summer? Are you about to go on job interviews for the first (or second, or third) time? Here are 10 things never to do during a job interview:
1. Don’t treat the interview as a casual event. Wear appropriate clothing, not jeans or flip flops.
2. Don’t chew gum. It gets obnoxious and it is highly unprofessional.
3. Don’t slouch or fidget. This gives off the impression that you couldn't care less about the interview.
4. Don’t ask about the pay. Let the interviewer get to that when they are ready.
5. Don’t go in thinking you’ll get a job offer right there and then. In some cases, they’ll need a day or two to be able to read over your resume, consider your interview and meet with other candidates.
6. Don’t be unprepared. Make sure you’re ready to answer typical questions.
7. Don’t talk in a negative way about your past employers.
8. Don’t make excuses for your actions.
9. Don’t be late! Being late will let the interviewer know that you aren’t taking the interview seriously and wonder why should they hire you.
10. Don’t refer to the interviewer by their first name unless given permission to do so. You want to keep it professional, so addressing them by a title such as “Ms.” or “Mr.” is a good way to keep it on a respectful, professional level.
Need more helpful interview advice? CareerLaunch is a good program to prepare teens for searching for and landing a job. This program gives great tips and heads-ups on what to expect during an interview. It also shows you how to fill out a typical job application and how to set up a resume and a reference for yourself.
I think teens should refer to this program if they are new to the job/career world. It helps a lot with preparing for a job interview and giving off a great first impression.
For more, visit the CareerLaunch website.
Your turn: In the comments section below, tell us about other unbelievable stuff you’ve heard about people doing during job interviews.