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Get That Job

For many teenagers, the first job interviews have little to do with previous experience and credentials. Instead, it is all about making a terrific first impression and selling yourself to your future employer as a dependable, hard-working, and honest kid. Here are a few tips to do just this by putting your best foot forward.

Look good.
What you wear says a lot about how serious you take this job and how much you want it. If you show up looking like you just rolled out of bed, then your interviewer will not take you seriously. However, if you show up looking professional and well manicured, your interviewer will know you mean business. No matter what the job is, this principle always applies.

Act confident.
No matter how nervous you are feeling as you interview, portray confidence. Shake hands with a firm grip, look your interviewer in the eye, and be friendly. Polite manners and confidence go a long way in forming a favorable impression. If you don't feel confident at all, then fake it until you make it!

Be prepped.
Research everything as much as you can. Look at the company, at the position you want, at your interviewer, at current and former workers, and get a feel for how things are done and what the expectations are. This step will set you apart from the competition.

Don't be afraid of questions.
This is your opportunity to shine, so take your time and answer thoughtfully, completely, and competently. This will convey a lot about your communication skills. Also, be sure to have a few questions for the interviewer. Asking questions will show your preparation and research and that you are willing to learn anything and everything you can.

Be persistent!
More than anything else, this says the most about your determination. Follow up after interviews with a thank you card. Thank your interviewer for their time, express your appreciation for his or her consideration of you, and show that you look forward to discussing future opportunities soon.

Follow these tips and be sure to ask parents, older siblings, or other mentors for their advice. Older adults have experience with these issues and can teach you a lot. Be sure to sponge up all the knowledge you can from every possible resource, then be excited to shine on interview day!

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