Interviews are often very stressful. If you are interviewing for a job, you need to prepare in advance, remain confident during the interview itself, and follow through with your application by thanking the person you meet. This will give you the best possible chance of getting this job.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing for an interview
Step 1. Dress accordingly
If you are going for an interview, you should dress professionally. Jeans and a t-shirt won't impress the other person. Even if this is just a student or part-time job, your outfit should make a good impression.
- Choose a nice shirt and pants or a dressy skirt. Jeans or leggings are not suitable for professional maintenance.
- If you are wearing makeup, keep a low profile and apply makeup as you would for a working day. Avoid shades that are too bright for eye shadow or lipstick. Prefer more discreet colors that will go well with the complexion of your skin.
- Don't forget your shoes. Sneakers, flip flops or other casual shoes will not be appropriate for this occasion. Also wear dressier and more professional shoes.
Step 2. Research the position
You should always be able to show that you are familiar with the company before going for an interview. Familiarize yourself with its history and current affairs before going to your interview.
- Employers are looking for candidates who show a clear interest in the company. You can demonstrate this interest by showing that you have knowledge about it, its goals and work ethic. Spend an hour before your interview day researching the company and the position you want to fill.
- If the business you want to join has a website, you can find basic information about that business. In particular, read the “About” page. If you know of any employees of this company, contact them so that you can ask them questions about their experience.
Step 3. Work on your CV
Even if the position in question does not necessarily require you to submit a CV, still work on it before applying. Arriving at your interview with a solid CV will impress your future employer.
- If you've never written your CV, seek help from a teacher or guidance counselor. He or she can help you to put it in shape, to take care of the style and will inform you about conventions in the matter.
- Consistency is one of the most important qualities of a good CV. For example, if you use dashes to present your different experiences, do not change your style (by opting for a narrative format for example) afterwards.
- Don't underestimate your experiences. It is natural for a teenager not to have a very long professional experience, but you can still find things to include in your CV. If you've volunteered, babysat, mowed your neighbors' lawns, or tackled a school project, mention it on your resume. All of these experiences will show that you have skills and a sense of responsibility, even if they are not directly related to the job.
Step 4. Familiarize yourself with common interview questions
Do your research to know these questions and practice answering them. Here are some typical interview questions.
- "Tell me about yourself." This open question should allow you to show your skills, experiences and interests. Talk about your passions and hobbies. For example: "I am very interested in the associative fabric in my community and I distributed meals with Les Restos du Cœur for two years".
- “Why do you want to join our company?” This question will allow you to show the knowledge you have generated about the company during your research. Never answer “For the salary” or “Because this position does not seem to be too difficult”. Even if this isn't the job of your dreams, show your enthusiasm, especially when it comes to the opportunity it gives you to consolidate your CV. Answer for example: “I think that working in your customer service will allow me to consolidate my social skills”.
- “Why should we choose you over another candidate?” This question should allow you to praise your merits. Even if this doesn't seem very natural to you, try to talk about yourself by presenting yourself as the ideal person for the job. You can say for example “I am very serious and motivated and I want to gain more professional experience”.
Part 2 of 3: Acting during the interview
Step 1. Arrive early
Arriving too early will not be a good idea, as your employer will feel pressured into conducting the interview before you are fully prepared. However, arriving 5 to 10 minutes early will show them that you are punctual and know how to take initiatives. So arrive a little early if you want to pass your interview.
Step 2. Complete your application
For many interviews, you will need to complete an application form. Read this form carefully so that you can fill in all the information you will be asked for. Accidentally forgetting to complete a part can give your employer a bad impression and weigh negatively on your interview.
Step 3. Find creative ways to remember you
Remember that you will not be the only candidate for this position. It is therefore important to mark the mind of your potential employer.
- What do your friends and family appreciate about you? Are you particularly attentive to details? Nicer than average? Do you have a great sense of humor? Find a way to incorporate these qualities into your answers.
- You can also talk about your talents if that can apply to the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a library assistant job, you can reference your favorite book to show that you are passionate about literature.
Step 4. Project your self-confidence
Employers often choose people who seem to be confident in themselves. Use your body language to show your confidence in yourself during your interview.
- Stand up straight and look the other person in the eye. Show him you're listening by smiling and nodding your head when he speaks.
- As you enter the room, keep a steady gait and stand up straight. When you shake his hand, give him a firm grip and look him in the eye.
Step 5. Ask questions
At the end of an interview, it is common for the employer to ask you if you have any questions. Always ask. This will show the other person that you are interested and increase your chances of getting the job.
- Don't just ask practical questions. Avoid those on salary or response time. This will not impress the other person. Instead, ask open-ended questions that will show your employer that you are genuinely interested in the job.
- For example, you can find out about the atmosphere and ethics of the company. For example, you could ask “What do you like about working here?”, “What is a typical day like at your company?” or “How would you describe the corporate culture”?
Part 3 of 3: Ending the interview
Step 1. Start off on a high note
When you end the interview, be sure to do so with confidence. You will be judged by the impression you give to your future employer as soon as you enter the room and until you leave it.
- Say goodbye to the other person and thank them. Shake his hand and look him in the eye, smiling at him.
- When you go out, stand up straight and walk with a steady, confident pace.
Step 2. Send a thank you message to your employer
You can send them a short email or letter thanking them for having you. This will allow you to stand out. Just write him a few lines like, “Dear Mr. Dupont, I really enjoyed our discussion about the Assistant Librarian position. Thank you for taking the time to receive me. Good luck in your selection of the best candidate for this position”.
Step 3. Follow up on your interview
This is always a good move after an interview. If you do not hear back from your contact person in the weeks following your meeting, you can call or email them to let them know that you are still interested in this position.
- Make sure your fingernails are clean, as this is one of the parts of your body that the other person will see most often.
- Avoid foul or vulgar language that is not very professional.
- If you wear perfume, don't use too much: if your smell is too strong, you could give the other person a headache.
- Be yourself and avoid changing at all between who your employer will meet during the interview and who will be in the job. He wants to know you, not an idealized version of you.
- Talk about your experience in similar positions.