Before the interview, think about the questions you might be asked and how you will answer. Mentally rehearse the interview from start to finish.
Practice answering questions that employers might ask you in front of a mirror. Better yet, a friend could act as the employer in a mock interview. During the interview, just listen for the first few minutes and use the time to relax. If it makes you feel more comfortable, tell the interviewer you are nervous. It can help to break the ice.
Questions You Might Be Asked:
Tell me about yourself.
You don’t have to present your autobiography. Briefly describe the previous jobs you have held. Tell the interviewer how you could be an asset to the company and why you would like to work there.
Why do you want to work here?
Few questions are more important than this one! Answering, “I don’t know,” or “I need the money,” will tell the interviewer you don’t really care about the job. This is the time to show the interviewer your interest in the company and to talk about your skills and how they would benefit the company.
What is your major weakness?
This question comes up in many job interviews — and it can throw you if you’re not prepared. When you want to discuss your strengths, how do you talk about your weaknesses? You do it by turning a weakness into a strength. For instance, “I sometimes worry too much about my work and I can be a perfectionist,” or “I don’t have a lot of experience yet — but I want to learn.” “I am working on” such and such is a good introduction and solution for addressing an area that “needs work”.
What have I forgotten to ask?
Use this as an opportunity to summarize your strengths and your desire to work for the company. Make it clear that you understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.
Here are a few other questions you might be asked. Consider what your answer would be for each one.
- What is important to you in a job?
- Have you thought about what you would like to do as a career?
- What hours can you work?
- What are your favorite classes/activities at school?
- What qualities do you find important in a co-worker?
Questions You Might Want to Ask:
- What kind of person are you looking for?
- What are the job duties?
- Who would be my supervisor?
- What qualities are you looking for in new hires?
- What is the next step in the hiring process?