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Job Interview Tips for Teens

Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Tips for teens to ace their interview and get the job

Tips for teens to ace their interview and get the job

Joining the Workforce

The following tips will help teens ace a job interview. Many of the teens I work with at the local high school follow these tips and do well. Some choose to do their own thing but often find it harder to find a job. Once you have an interview with someone, you have made your first impression, and as they say, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!

Getting a job will help teens gain experiences and learn new things.

Getting a job will help teens gain experiences and learn new things.

Before the Interview


Neatness counts in all areas of life, but it is especially important when showing up for a job interview. Teens should be clean. This means they should shower at least within the past 24 hours, brush their teeth, and wear perfume or aftershave (but not too much). If you are applying for a job working with the public, less is more in the scent department because overpowering customers with a strong cologne could cause an asthma attack.

Even though many teens think dressing up is not important for an interview and that they will impress the employer with their magnetic personality, first impressions do go a long way. The rule of thumb in the world of work, even for teens, is "No jeans or T-shirts." For girls, you may choose to wear dress pants, a nice blouse or sweater, a skirt, or even a dress. For guys, khakis or dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie will do nicely. If the interview is for a fast-food restaurant, try for something a bit more casual, like wearing khakis and a pullover shirt. Makeup should be in good taste. Overdoing it could turn off a potential boss, especially if the employee will be interacting with the public.

There are certain cases, though, when having a well-made-up face is essential. If you plan to go for an interview at a cosmetics store or work at a cosmetics counter, it is important to have a face that shows you know what you are doing. And as these types of employers encourage employees to wear a lot of makeup and to show off the product, it is okay to go for your interview wearing a full face of makeup. Examples of these types of employers are Sephora, Ulta, or if you are going to start your own business, such as with the Mary Kay Company or Avon.

Prepare Ahead

It's always helpful to prepare ahead before going in. Be a shopper or a customer at the business in which you hope to be employed. Check out the different types of positions available within that business. For instance, if you are applying at a Friendly's restaurant, and you went in for a meal prior to applying, you would be greeted by a hostess, served by a waiter/waitress, a cook would prepare your food, and someone in the back kitchen would have washed your dishes, and, on your way in or way out, you might have noticed someone scooping ice cream at the ice cream window. These are five different positions you could apply for.

If you are applying to a particular store, such as Petco, search online for available positions. You will find that they hire not only cashiers but also pet groomers, pet trainers, amphibian specialists, etc. Know what type of position(s) you would be interested in before your interview.

Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to take notes during your interview.

Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to take notes during your interview.

What to Bring With You

You should definitely bring a pen/pencil and either a small notebook or a piece of paper. You will need them to take notes on the available positions and on any information that you don't want to forget if you are offered the job.

If you have a resume, you should bring it with you and hand it to your interviewer at the beginning of the interview. It is very impressive to an employer when a teenager has a resume because most don't have one. Bringing a resume instantly puts you in a higher caliber than your peers. If you need help with a resume, ask for guidance at your school's Career Center.

What NOT to Bring With You

Do not bring your cell phone with you. If you must call for a ride home, turn it off before entering the building.

Do not bring a friend or a parent because it will look as though you are not confident enough to handle going by yourself. An employer may think you aren't up for the job as an independent worker.

If you have a child, do not bring your child with you. Although you may think they are cute, a future employer will see red flags and be concerned about whether or not you will have the appropriate daycare arrangements to allow you to make it to work.

Make eye contact throughout the interview. People who look around the room seem distracted, and those who look down at the floor will appear to have low self- esteem.

Make eye contact throughout the interview. People who look around the room seem distracted, and those who look down at the floor will appear to have low self- esteem.

The Day of the Interview

Quick Tips

  • Be on time. If possible, showing up 5 to 10 minutes early is best.
  • You need to impress two people: the secretary (or person at the front desk) and the interviewer. Do not tell them you are going outside for a cigarette and do not chat on your phone in front of the secretary while you wait. Your priority should be to show staff and management that you are 100% dedicated to the company. Anything you do while waiting will be reported to the boss later, so make a good impression.
  • Always shake hands with the interviewer(s) when you first meet them. Make sure you have a nice firm handshake. A handshake that is too weak shows you are an insecure person and not that interested in the job. One that is too strong could hurt someone. Practice first with a parent, adult friend, or teacher.
  • Make eye contact throughout the interview. People who look around the room seem distracted, and those who look down at the floor will appear to have low self- esteem.
  • Answer questions directly without going into your whole life story. Try not to see "umm" or "like," if possible.
  • Be polite. Say, "yes please," or "no thank you" if you are offered a cup of coffee, soda, etc. Manners go a long way with a potential boss. They will assume the manners you use with them will be the same manners you display with their customers.
  • Take notes. It shows you have an interest in the job/company. You don't have to write everything down, just the important points you want to remember later.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Prepare some questions and write them down in a notebook that you bring with you so that you won't get nervous and forget. Potential employees who have questions seem much more interested than someone who sits quietly. Even if you know the answer to a question because your friend works at the company, the employer doesn't know you know it, so you should ask.
  • Make sure you thank the interviewer for their time and shake hands again at the end.

Questions You May Be Asked

Here are some sample questions that you may be asked during an interview. Prepare your answer in advance because these are all standard questions.

1. Tell us about yourself.

This doesn't mean your whole life story. They want to know why you want the job and what you can bring to the business. It's always helpful to mention a goal. For example, you can say that you want to earn money for college, buy a car, etc. Keep in mind that the longer you can stay at a job, the more an employer will be interested in you. So, if it is true, mention that you are a senior in high school and that you are going to the local community college for the next two years after graduation. This is good information for the employer to know because it means they can count on you to work for them for at least the next three years.

2. Why should we hire you for this job?

This is your opportunity to sell yourself without bragging too much. Match your skills to the business you are applying to. If you have an interest in fashion and are applying to Kohl's or T.J. Maxx, tell them about your interest and that you love the clothes in the store. You can also say that you could be helpful to customers because you are familiar with their lines. If you have no experience but like to work with people, tell them that. If you are applying for a daycare position and plan to major in early childhood education in college, let your employer know. Also, mention whatever skills you already have, such as babysitting, first aid certification, etc. If you are punctual, dependable, never sick, can drive yourself to work, etc., make sure you let them know that as well.

3. What are your strengths?

This will all depend on what you have to offer. For the most part, they are looking for information like some of the above answers, such as dependability, organization, etc. For example, if you are applying for a cook's job, you should tell them about your skills in cooking. If you can type 100 words a minute and are going for a position in an office, mention it.

4. What are your weaknesses?

Blurting out all your weaknesses will not do much to increase your hiring prospects. What you can mention are things that you haven't had experience in, at least not yet. Follow it up by telling them you are a quick learner. If you haven't used a cash register before, say that. They will be training you anyway, so that's safe. You can also say you do better when trained for a specific job and that you pick things up quickly once trained.

Questions You Can Ask Them

You should always be prepared with questions to ask the interviewer. Here are some examples:

  1. Can you tell me what a typical shift might look like in terms of work responsibilities?
  2. How many hours are typical in one shift?
  3. Can this position lead to other positions within the company (like a promotion or a chance to work in other departments)?
  4. Do you provide training, and how many hours of training do you provide?
  5. When can I expect to hear from you regarding this position?
It doesn't hurt to send a written thank-you note to your potential employer following your interview.

It doesn't hurt to send a written thank-you note to your potential employer following your interview.


It's always very important to follow up with either a handwritten or typed thank you note or email. Before leaving, ask for the interviewer's business card so that you will have their contact information. They should receive the thank you 24 to 48 hours after your interview. The note doesn't have to be fancy—just a follow-up to let the interviewer know you are very interested. It also shows that you are polite as well!

Thank You Letter Example

Dear Ms. Jones,

Thank you very much for your time yesterday during my interview for the position of cashier. I enjoyed meeting you and hearing about the opportunities at Stop and Shop.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding this position.


Sarah Smith

Good Luck!

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but the more experience you have with them, the easier they will become.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Karen Hellier


Andrew0115 on July 19, 2017:

I run a business and so many kids interview for a job and dress horribly. They don’t know how to write a résumé, dress for an interview, or even look at me in the eye and answer questions confidently.

I think it’s important to teach kids about getting a job and why earning things is important. I also think it’s important to teach kids how to go on a job interview

and what employers are looking for.

I think kids would do great if they just had a little guidance or someone explained how to do a job interview. Here’s an example:

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2016:

Carol Morris

Good point. Thanks for reminding everyone about that. Young people today don't realize what their social media platforms say to prospective employers.

Carol Morris on June 16, 2016:

One very important tip is to make sure your social media presence is clean. Interviewers usually check your social media so make sure you don't have anything there you wouldn't want them to see, and on the other hand, you can use this as a stepping stone by posting all the things you would like to brag about at the interview, but won't have time to or it isn't the right time to do it (eg. pics of volunteer work you've done - even if it isn't formal, hints of babysitting jobs, etc.). Once we interviewed someone who seemed good for the job, but having previously checked out her Facebook page we all knew she didn't have a chance.

Jason Roiz from Delhi on May 22, 2013:

Yeah sure your efforts will not go in vain. I am pretty sure whomsoever read this post will definitely cracked the interview.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on May 22, 2013:


Thanks. From personal experience helping teens I know that to read over these tips does help. My wish is that everyone who reads this gets a job in their next interview! Thanks for commenting.

Jason Roiz from Delhi on May 21, 2013:

Incredible tips. This will definitely help freshers to face interview .

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2013:


Thanks for your kind comments. I saw too many kids being way to relaxed about job interviews when I worked in the Career Center at the local high school. And then of course they wouldn't get the job. I decided that a workshop was in order, and was quite happy when kids came back to me and told me they were hired after coming to the workshop in which I went over the above tips. I recently bumped into one former student who had taken my workshop, had 2 interviews at the career center before graduation, and still has the job he got hired for from that first interview 2 years ago. He told me those interviews were THE KEY to his future!!! He's now working in two different departments for that company, and going to college part time. He said without the prepping and those interviews, he would probably still be sitting on his mom's couch watching TV!!!

Douglas Lieth from NYC on May 15, 2013:

I agree with the commenters above, these tips are good for anyone going on a job interview. In my day it was a given that one showed up in a suit and tie even if it was for assistant toilet cleaner. Nowadays I see young people show up to an interview with ripped-jeans and sneakers. They should read a hub like this before they go.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on May 02, 2013:


Yay! You're welcome. I am glad he listened. I had 3 teens who never listened to me, but all their friends and classmates did when I worked in their high school's career center, so they were the ones who benefited. My son is in his early twenties now and is finally starting to pay attention to what I said back then! But I used to have other people talk to him when he wouldn't listen to "mom" and even tho they said the same things, he at least accepted the message from someone else, just as your son did. Glad to help.

chloe78 from Nebraska on May 02, 2013:

I enjoyed your article! I have a teenage son, and try to instill this list of what to do and what not to do in his head, and he thinks I'm crazy. SO , I showed him what you wrote, and he actually listened! :) Very informative...thanks!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on April 05, 2013:


You are most welcome. It is so hard nowadays for people who have had experience to get a job, never mind teens with no experience. Hopefully this helps them get a head start on the interviewing process! Thanks for stopping by.

dobo700 from Australia on April 03, 2013:

I have forwarded this one to my teenage son, thanks for some really useful tips

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 30, 2013:


Thanks for the compliment.

Will English on March 29, 2013:

Not just good advice for teens. Great Article.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 28, 2013:


I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for the kudos on the ending letter. I dealt with teems so much at the high school level and the mere mention of a letter sent them into panic attacks. I included it so they wouldn't panic once they saw how simple it is! Thanks for commenting.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on March 28, 2013:

Karen, although my children are no longer teenagers, this hub offers a lot of great advice for teenagers looking for such advice. Love how you ended with the sample letter too. All your information is helpful.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 28, 2013:


Please wish your son good luck for me. Once he gets the hang of it, he will feel more confident about the interviewing process. I hope this article helps him.

Rosa Lea Acerimo from Marikina City on March 28, 2013:

Thanks for the very helpful tips that you gave us. It's very timely cause my son is very busy now applying to different companies for his on the job training. hope to hear more from you.... ;)

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 21, 2013:


Thanks so much for your comment. You are right, it's always nice to hear about other people's experiences. We can learn from each other. Thanks for your vote and for sharing.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 20, 2013:

We always have some sort of fear in facing our first interview. And we always want to hear someone else's experience.

Your hub will be useful to many of such people.

Voted up interesting and Shared!

charles hollingsworth on March 20, 2013:

Great tips will use them at my interview today

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 17, 2013:


You are most welcome for the tips. I hope they help all who read them.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 17, 2013:


Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment.

torrilynn on March 15, 2013:


thanks for the tips

I think that they were great and

very useful.

Voted up

Fredena Moore from South United States on March 14, 2013:

Well done!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 13, 2013:


You are welcome. I am looking forward to reading it!

Joy from United States on March 13, 2013:

Great Useful hub. I am also preparing a new article about interview tips for recent college graduates. Thanks for inspiring me :)

Meggan Tropos from United States on March 12, 2013:

That is a great idea - thank you!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 12, 2013:

No, he should definitely have a resume. It will help, as will a good firm handshake. Just Google "resume template for teens" and you will find lots of choices. Make sure he adds any volunteer experience he has had...that can go under job experience. And anything that he does for you at home...mowing grass can be "landscape experience", if he has babysat he has had childcare experience, etc. Under the skills area, he can put typing, all applications of Microsoft office if he knows them all, photoshop if he knows that, etc. Add any clubs or sports teams he has been involved in under activities. Be creative! Make sure he adds interests, and also puts references available upon request at the bottom.

Meggan Tropos from United States on March 12, 2013:

Thank you for the great advice! My teenage son is going to be looking for his first job this summer. You mentioned employers were impressed by a teen with a resume - obviously he has no experience yet. Is there something he would create like a resume? Or should he forego it for this first job?

John Paolo Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 06, 2013:

yeah.. I am positive about it/ Truly excited to step out. Yes I am lucky to had found this in fact lot of them already helped me. So blessed.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on March 06, 2013:


Good luck to you in the real world. It's not as scary as some people make it sound. Plus now that you have found Hub Pages, there are lots of people here that are ready, willing and able to offer their advice!

John Paolo Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 02, 2013:

Great hub. looking forward to use these tips as I prepare myself in the real world maybe a year from now/.

nikashi_designs on March 01, 2013:

Great advice for all job interviews...the two key ones are appearance, dress for success and do your homework which means do some research on the company, what do they do? What is the philosophy, when was it founded? and so on. Have always landed pretty much any job that I interviewed for, now I do the interviews and hires. You can pretty much decide within the first couple of minutes if the person would be a good fit. One more piece of advice, be excited and enthusiastic about the possibility of working for the ABC company. The thank you at the end of the interview is key followed by snail mail thank you will go a long way, usually not that impressed with emails, doesn't show that much effort. One last note, practice a good firm handshake when you great someone and when the interview is over usually works and expresses confidence and good manners. Anyway great Hub with sound advice.

Jane Katigbak from Philippines on February 28, 2013:

Wear blue, if possible. And yes, I totally agree with not bringing your cellphones. I had a bad experience once with phone calls while the interview is ongoing.

Saket Bansal from Gurgaon on February 27, 2013:

Thanks for the sharing such a great interview tips here, I specially liked most the questions which you have mentioned over there. You have also sharing all good points of interview tips, which we all should have keep in mind.

Thanks again!!!


Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 30, 2013:


Hopefully that generation will read these tips! Thanks for commenting.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 30, 2013:

Riviera Rose,

You are right, being nice can go a long way. Even starting with the interview.

Riviera Rose from South of France on January 29, 2013:

A very thoughtful and comprehensive guide. I've always thought when I hear young UK jobseekers on the radio that there's one piece of advice I want to give - BE NICE!! Be the person other people want to say hello to in the morning, be prepared to make coffee or run errands, don't be pushy or overly ambitious - the person interviewing you is quite possibly insecure about their own jobs! I started life as a receptionist with barely any qualifications, and pretty much every job I got ended in promotion, not because I was super-ambitious, not because I was political (I wasn't) but because I was just NICE, inoffensive and nice! There's a lot to be said for it!! ;)

ftclick on January 29, 2013:

These are great tips for a generation that seems to want most things given to them. It is good to learn the value of working for money and interview skills at a young age. Thanks

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2013:


Thanks for your comment. Regarding girls wearing skirts, I think it may depend on the culture you live in. Here in the United States, a girl has a choice of wearing dress pants or a skirt. Either is fine but should really depend on what she feels most comfortable in and that will help her do her best during the interview.

Educateurself on January 27, 2013:

Karen very nice article for teens like me it us so much i am agree with you at this points:

1:Should be neat and clean.

2:Should dressed well.

3:Manners are always matter.

4:Not to be show you more intelligent than you are.

5:Eye Contact matters so much.

Disagree with your some points:

1:I think girls should not wear skirts it will not make positive impact.

2:It is not necessary to you should wear this.

This is only my opinions.

Thanx for the article.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 23, 2013:


Good idea. I hadn't thought of that but it is so true. Although I have gone into businesses and seen teens with odd things on their faces, ears, noses, etc. It is totally disgusting, but I am pretty sure they didn't wear that hardware for their initial interview. If the teens don't read it, maybe their parents will and will share the information with them! Thanks for the read and comment.

rutley from South Jersey on January 23, 2013:

How about keeping all your hardware in your toolbox and not on your face and ears........Adults/Employers sometimes view this as scary and inappropriate attire for the workplace. Great hub, now if only the teenagers would read it!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 21, 2013:

Wow, that is a very good tip. I would hope that everyone would already know this tip, but unfortunately, many don't so that's an excellent comment to add. Thanks so much for stopping by and adding that helpful information.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 09, 2013:


Thanks so much for your comment. I do not quite understand your request though. Could you please rephrase it?

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on January 09, 2013:

i request you to write a hub on stereotyped repeated questions during interview. they must try to tap the inner discipline, respect to elders, seeker of knowledge besides credibility. present questions do not explicit the above details which are the demands of an institute. good hub..

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 08, 2013:


I am not totally clear on your question, but I think you are asking about whether or not you need to reapply or if your application/resume will stay on file for a certain amount of time? It is fine to tell the interviewer that youa re very interested in working for his particular company, and that you were wondering if you don't get hired for this SPECIFIC position, does your resume/application stay on file for a certain length of time, or will you need to refile it every time you see a new position open up.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 08, 2013:


Good luck on your job interview tomorrow. I hope that the tips your reviewed help you feel more prepared and relaxed during your interview. Yes, the thank you note is so impressive, and may open the door for future referrals or networking even if a person doesn't get the job. Thanks for leaving your comment. I would love to hear back from you about how the interview goes and especially if you get the job. Will be thinking of you tomorrow...!

Kristin Jones from Brookline, NH on January 08, 2013:

Thanks for posting, Karen! I have a job interview tomorrow, and although I'm 47 (and this is definitely not my first job,) I found it great to review your tips. I had almost forgotten about a written thank-you note. As an employer, it's made a tremendous impression on me to receive a simple, hand-written thank-you note after an interview. Even if you don't end up getting the job, you will leave that employer with a wonderful, lasting impression. Who knows when there might be another opportunity?

Voted up and useful!!

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on January 06, 2013:

These are very important points not only for teens but to all first time jobseekers as well. There are jobs but not everyone gets them simply because they fail miserably at interviews, even if they have a good resume. It's important that you impress yourself to the employer, "sell" yourself to them.

I have a question, though. If a company has a continuous hiring and you're not sure if you'll be hired at the moment (especially for that position you've been desiring for), is it all right to ask something like, "In case I don't get hired, will I come back and apply here again?". I hope the question sounds clear to you. Thanks. :)

Voted up and useful.

perlongnina on October 11, 2012:


Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on October 10, 2012:


That's great advice. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your very helpful comment.

HowIConquered on October 09, 2012:

@ Kathleen regarding pay. I've given that vague response of expecting to be paid what the company should already pay its employees for the position but have on one occasion been asked a specific figure from a hiring manager/employee who I guess didn't think that answer was good enough. I don't remember what my answer was (I do remember being a little stumped) but from then on I made sure to research the company/position so I would always have a figure range in my mind before an interview. I start with what I expect the job to pay and then go up to the next dollar and half more of what I would like to be paid (but is realistic). For example if the job pays $7.25 I will say my pay expectations is between $7.25 and $8.50.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on September 25, 2012:

You are welcome KingphilipIV. I hope it helps you if you are looking for a job someday.

Ramphil Basco from Iloilo, Philippines on September 25, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this to us. This is truly helpful and great. I love it.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on September 11, 2012:

Wow GlstngRosePetals, thanks so much for your glowing comments. You have made me smile with happiness. I am so glad you found it useful. Thanks so much voting and for sharing.

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on September 11, 2012:

This has to be one of the most useful hubs yet! Great hub a must share. Voted up and pushed all the other buttons too.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on September 07, 2012:

No, actually I think your answer sounds great. You are right, salary questions should definitely not be asked at the first interview.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on September 07, 2012:

Great tips! Too often young girls confuse dressing for an interview with dressing for a date.

Employers often ask what kind of pay you are looking for, which really isn't supposed to be asked by either party until the job has been offered. But it's kind of a trick question to see how little they can pay you. A good way to answer is to say you would expect to make what someone doing a similar job makes as starting pay. Do you have a better way to answer this question?

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 29, 2012:

Oh good. I hope she reads them and does well at her interview. If she doesn't get the job, you may want to remind her that at least she's had interview experience which will help for the next time. Good luck to her!

Anjili from planet earth, a humanoid on August 28, 2012:

Cool tips your got here. My teenage daughter will find this helpful in her interview next week. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 23, 2012:


Yes, you are right. Confidence can go a long way. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 23, 2012:

confident is the perfect word for this, do not freak out just stay calm and simple :)

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 21, 2012:


Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope teens can use these tips as they search for a part time job while in school. I appreciate your stopping by.

vibesites from United States on August 21, 2012:

A helpful hub for many teenagers who are set in their future plans for a good career. Thanks for posting! :D

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 20, 2012:


Thanks for stopping by and adding your comments.

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on August 19, 2012:

well explained hub. only thing i found is hiring word do not sound good and gives substandard status meaning. it must be replaced with SHARING word. it gives an inclusive ness and committed /involving feeling to a job seeker. i may not be appropriate at this hub , yet i want you to keep in mind for future hub. my regards to you.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2012:


Thanks for reading and your comment. Maybe between the two hubs, we can help a lot of people get jobs.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2012:

Devin Kaufman,

I hope you do. Remember to call the manager after you apply, or stop in in person looking professional, with a firm handshake. It's so impressive to future employers. Good luck to you.

Darren Bridges from United Kingdom on August 19, 2012:

This is a great Hub for interview preparation, if you would like more tips on interviews then please see my Hub for the top 'Ten Tips For Interviews'

Devin Kaufman on August 15, 2012:

Great article; let's hope that I'll be able to find myself a part-time job before the school year starts ^.^ I'll be sure to employ your advice.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 09, 2012:


Thanks so much for your kind regards. I hope this does help a lot of people, especially with the economy the way it is currently.

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on August 09, 2012:

i will repeatedly convey my regards to you. it is helping a lot to all kind of people. good hub.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 09, 2012:


Thanks for your kind comment. The thank you letter or email is so important I wrote a separate hub about it. Most people don't even know they should do that, but from the employers I have spoken with, it's an added touch that can score a few points in the interview process.

Ebonny from UK on August 08, 2012:

Very pertinent advice - we can all learn from this. Especially like the example follow up/thank you letter.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 01, 2012:


Thanks for forwarding this hub. I hope it helps them all ace their job interviews!

MomsTreasureChest on August 01, 2012:

Great advice! I will forward it to a few teens I know that are looking for jobs!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2012:


Follow the tips above, and try to stay calm and you should be fine. Make sure to shake your interviewers hand before and after the interview, and give them eye contact when they are talking to you, and when you are answering questions. Ask an adult, maybe one of your parents, to do a pretend interview with you. They can ask you the questions above, or add their own. Then you can practice asking them some questions too. You will feel better if you have already had a mock interview. If you get nervous, don't worry about it. Most people do get nervous during a job interview. And if you don't get the job, just chalk the experience up to having an interview under your belt so you won't be as nervous during your next interview. good luck...please let me know how it goes.

Rebecca on July 28, 2012:

I'm 16 years old and may have an interview at burger king soon and I am very nervous. I have never had a job before and when I get nervous my hands shake and I can't help it. What should I do? I try to stay confident but sometimes that just doesn't work :/

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 14, 2012:


Thanks for commenting. You may be right with your point about the tips being for everyone. I didn't want to offend people who already know most of this information due to already having many interviews in their lifetime. I think that's why I geared it specifically toward teens who probably don't have as much experience at interviewing. Good to know you think it's appropriate across the board. Thanks!

Timothy Whitt from New Jersey on July 13, 2012:

I think your tips could apply for anyone on a job interview not just teens

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 13, 2012:


Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I hope it helps many people. Glad you appreciated it.

fjohn from india on July 13, 2012:

great tips for freshers who are planning for a job. its very helpful.

jeresteem99 on July 12, 2012:

Awesome ideas! Time tested, as have used many with my own children when they were growing up. Creativity doesn't have to cost money, just time together doing fun things is all it takes!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 11, 2012:


Very true. That is one important piece of the interview know what they say, You never get a second chance to make a first impression!"

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 11, 2012:

Robert Kempster,

Thanks for the encouraging words. I did put a lot of time into the hub, so thanks for noticing that. But I also did this type of work every day for 7 years so it was just a matter of organizing all the information. I appreciate your comment.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 11, 2012:


Thanks for reading and commenting. I enjoyed your take on the questions.

iefox5 on July 10, 2012:

I would say appearance plays an important role when we go to a job interview. So be neat when you prepare for an interview.

Robert Kempster from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

Well put advice and tips. Very good read, I appreciate the time you must have put into this hub. Have a great week.

i4u on July 10, 2012:

These are really useful tips indeed. the questions part which though are very straight forward can become a little part to be taken care of as introductory statements are the sign of a good beginning.

Thanks a lot for all the things to be taken care of.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on June 22, 2012:

Thank you so much for your kind comments Glenn Stok. I guess great minds think alike!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 21, 2012:

I was curious to read your hub because I wanted to see if what you wrote only applies to teenagers. You discussed every important point that I can think of. And this hub is useful for anyone going for a job interview. You brought back a lot of memories for me.

I remember when I was first starting out, whenever I went for an interview, I knew that I was being watched while I was waiting to be called in. So I would start conversations with other employees, asking questions about the company and expected work ethics, etc.

Just as you explained, the secretary saw how I showed interest, and my desire to get to know people in the company. I was sure, at the time, that they would tell the boss later how I was handling myself while waiting. This was one of the many important things that you described in your hub. Great work. Voted up.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on June 19, 2012:


Thank you so much for your comment and for letting me know that you found my hub useful to help your students. I am honored!

yssubramanyam from india, nellore. andhrapradesh on June 19, 2012:

it is really useful hub to youth. i shared it with my students. it has covered almost every thing. i really convey my gratitude to hub maker.

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on April 27, 2012:

Thanks RTalloni! I hope so too. The job market is tough now, especially for teens who are competing with adults and college students with experience for jobs. Thanks for reading.

RTalloni on April 27, 2012:

You offer a great guideline for teens who will be having interviews for their first jobs. Hope you hub is seen by many this spring so their summer can be profitable!

Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2012:

Well, for summer internships, it's the same. They should know about the company they want to intern with,which means doing research on the company before the interview, shake hands, eye contact, dress nicely, ask questions, etc. For college interviews, that's probably another article...good point!

Arline on January 27, 2012:

Would you tweak this in any way for the kids who are going to college interviews or for summer interships during the college years? Maybe that's another article!

Karen Hellier on January 25, 2012:

Thanks Jayne...I agree.