6 Interview Tips for Your Summer Job

You’re a junior in college and you are done with drive thru and retail. You are going to do something that can contribute to your resume and future career! Maybe you’re an education major and applied to be a teacher’s aid for summer school, or an acting major who happened to see that the local theater is looking for someone to direct a Shakespeare production! You held your breath as you clicked the submit button on the application, and to your delight, one week later, you have an interview! Suddenly, your delight turns to nervousness. This isn’t an interview for a waitressing job. This is what you want to do! To be sure you score your highest on the interview, check out these tips that will show your future employer you’re a hard-working, passionate individual perfect for this position!

Dress Appropriately:

Knowing what to wear to an interview can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to look professional, but on the other hand, you don’t want to dress like your grandparents. When choosing what to wear for an interview, you may want to consider what the people who work there wear. You may also consider wearing what you would be wearing if you were to get the position. Lastly, consider any tattoos and piercings. Are you comfortable covering them up? For some, covering them up is worth any position, but for others, not so much. If you’re not willing to cover up your piercings and tattoos on a daily basis, then don’t cover them up for the interview. It’s important that you be yourself, and if being yourself doesn’t work for your employer, then this position wouldn’t be a good fit for either of you.

Bring Something With You:

Employers are much more likely to take you seriously if you come into the interview with a notepad and pen, a folder with copies of your resume, or a list of your references. This demonstrates you’re prepared and interested in obtaining the position, as opposed to the number of people also being interviewed who will undoubtedly wander in with nothing in their hands.

Answer Questions With Examples:

When answering questions about your attendance, work ethic, leadership skills, weaknesses and strengths, and other inquiries about who you are as an employee, try to paint your employer a detailed picture by giving lots of examples to back up your claims.

Thank Your Interviewer:

Not only should you thank the individual who interviewed you at the end of your interview, you should send a card. A card will demonstrate your appreciation for their time, as well as leave a hard copy of you around for them to remember. This will increase your chances of getting the position you interviewed for, as well as future positions that may come to rise.

Follow Up:

If you haven’t heard back about your interview within a week, or within the time in which you were told you’d receive a call, follow up. Some employers actually wait for you to make this step to offer you the job!

Don’t Be Discouraged:

If you didn’t get the job you applied for, don’t take it personally. Interviewers are looking for who’s the best fit in a position, and a lot is being taken into account besides your skills. The distance between your house and your job will be evaluated. How your personality will clique with the rest of the staff will be evaluated. Not getting the job does not necessarily mean you lack the skills and achievements- you just may not have been the best match.

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  1. Geoff says:

    Also, and this is very important in my opinion, research the company you are interviewing for and ask them questions about their business/work.

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