Teen Job Interview Questions, Answers, and Tips
When you are a teen preparing for a job interview, it can be helpful to review typical interview questions that you will most likely be asked. Reviewing answers as well can help you come up with your own responses. Take the time to personalize your answers, so they reflect you, as a person and as a candidate for employment.
Teen Job Interview Questions and Answers
Why Are You Looking for a Job?
Of course, everyone wants to make money at a job, but the reasons you should share with a potential employer should reflect your interest in the field, or in helping to develop your skill set.
Why Are You Interested in Working for Our Company?
Employers ask this question to gauge your interest in the field, and to see if you have done your research. Make sure you check out the company’s website at the very least and familiarize yourself with what the company does, what the work and the work culture are like, and what’s important to them. - Best Answers
How Has School Prepared You For Working at Our Company?
Here is your opportunity to talk about the skills you have gained in your education that will make you an ideal candidate for the position. - Best Answers
Why Should We Hire You?
New hires take time to train, and the company wants to know you are worth it. Let them know about your interest in contributing to the company immediately, and be sure to mention if you think they are a firm you would like to consider when your studies are complete. - Best Answers
What Do You Think It Takes to be Successful in This Position?
The job posting can be very helpful in letting you know how they will want you to answer this question.
Let them know about the skills you have that they are looking for. - Best Answers
How Would You Describe Your Ability To Work as a Team Member?
There have likely been many times you have worked as a team, on projects, in sports or while volunteering. The interviewer will want to hear a specific example of a time you worked successfully in a team situation.
What Has Been Your Most Rewarding Accomplishment?
You don’t want to brag, but you should share an accomplishment that relates to some of the qualities or experiences required for the job you’re interviewing for. - Best Answers
What Are Your Salary Expectations?
With this question, the employer is trying to establish that your expectations are reasonable. As a young worker, the salary you are offered will probably align with an entry-level position. It’s usually best to avoid a specific number unless you know for a fact what the job pays. - Best Answers
Tell Me About a Major Problem you Recently Handled.
With this question, the interviewer is trying to determine how skilled you are at problem-solving. It’s fine to use an example from school, work, sports or volunteering. Make sure you show a positive resolution. - Best Answers
Have You Ever Had Difficulty With a Supervisor or Teacher?
The interviewer will ask this question to determine how you relate to authority. Always answer honestly, but make sure that you have a positive outcome. Remember that the most difficult situations are sometimes the best learning experiences. - Best Answers
Tips for Handling a Job Interview for Teens
The key to successful interviewing for teens is to do exactly what a professional candidate for employment would do.
That's the best way to make a positive impression on a prospective employer and to enhance your chances of getting the job.
I worked with a teen going on her first interview for a volunteer position, and she got a job offer on the spot. Why was it so easy? She dressed appropriately, answered questions in an informed manner, had questions to ask the interviewer, and, in general, made a very good impression on the interviewer.
Don't only show up for the interview. The more information you have prepared in advance, the better impression you will make on the interviewer. Take the time to get working papers (if you need them) and references, before you start looking for a job. Do your research. Learn all you can about the position and the company. The job posting and others for similar positions can offer valuable information about what they are looking for in a candidate.
That will let you know what skills you should be emphasizing on your resume and in your interview. Checking out the company website will give you insight into the company culture, and exactly what they do and aspire to accomplish. All this information will allow you the opportunity to give complete, educated answers to anything the interviewer might ask.
Bring the following with you to the interview:
- Completed job application (if the employer doesn't have it already)
- Working papers (if you need them)
- Resume (if you have one)
- Notepad / pen
It's essential to have good manners when interviewing. Shake your interviewer's hand. Make sure you listen carefully and thoughtfully to the interviewer. Don't sit until you are invited to. Don't slouch in your chair. Don't use slang or swear. Be polite, positive, and professional throughout the interview.
Know Your Schedule
Know what days and hours you are available to work, as the employer will almost surely ask. Flexibility is an asset, because the more time you are available, the easier it is for the employer to set a work schedule. Also know how you are going to get to and from work if you don't drive.
Be on Time
Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early. If you're not sure where to go, get directions ahead of time. If you aren’t driving yourself, make sure you have a reliable ride.
Go on Your Own
If your mom or dad brings you to an interview, don't bring them into the interview room with you. It's important that you speak for yourself and connect with the interviewer, without someone else's assistance. You need to present yourself as a mature, responsible candidate for employment.
Send a Thank You Note
Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. If you have an email address, send an email thank you note, otherwise send a paper note thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.