Here is a post from one year ago that bears repeating. Plus, I am too lazy to prepare anything new today.
Dear Evil Skippy:
What kind of advice and tips does Evil Skippy have for young people when being interviewed? You know, when they’re being asked “all those stupid questions that have no answers” during a 30 minute interview (that’s a direct quote from my darling #4 child).
My interview advice for young people is the same as my advice for un-young people. Don’t be a jerk.
You can also go back and read my prior post about what not to do during an interview. Here’s the link.
— Evil Skippy
Can you be a little more specific? That was not very illuminating. The burned-out workers of tomorrow are depending on you.
Evil Skippy’s Top Ten Interview Tips For Young People
- Total honesty is not necessarily a good idea. For example, when asked why you are interested in working for the company you should not respond, “I’m not, but you’re the only place that called me in for an interview.”
- Lying is a really bad idea, especially if it’s about a fact that can easily be checked.
- When asked to name your main weakness, don’t say that you have none. That proves you to be both unimaginative and vain. As a youthful person new to the professional working world, you have a great answer at your disposal: “I guess my main weakness is my lack of working experience.” Duh. (But don’t say “duh” at the end. Duh.)
- Listen carefully to all of the questions and anything else the interviewer says and look interested in what you are hearing. Don’t overdo it, but listen. Make eye contact. Nod now and then. You don’t have to actually be interested, but you do have to look as though you are. Be sincere even if you have to fake it.
- When asked if you have any questions, ask how the interviewer likes working for the company. Don’t ask how long you have to work before you can take vacation, when you will get your first paycheck or how many recesses you get each day.
- Don’t roll your eyes no matter what.
- Figure out before the interview how your past volunteer work, school activities or classes, hobbies or other experiences might pertain to the job you want. Plan in advance how to weave this experience into your answers to let the interviewer know that even though you lack paid work experience, you do not lack experience.
- Be on time for the interview.
- If you have more than five visible piercings (meaning visible when you are dressed appropriately for the interview), lose a few unless you are trying for a job at a tattoo parlor or body piercing establishment.
- Do not list your mother as a reference.