Interviewing tips - during the interview

If the resume has been sent in advance, use your resume as a “script.” That means that you should be familiar with what you have written on it and can give examples of your skills, strengths, abilities, responsibilities and accomplishments. Cite experiences that show that you have a good work ethic, even if the work has been an unpaid experience: volunteer, school-based, or extracurricular activity. Here are some other tips to follow:
  • Shake hands: offer a firm handshake and make good eye contact.
  • Stay calm and try to focus on the interview, avoiding distractions, even though you will be nervous. If you feel flustered, pause and take a few deep breaths to gather your thoughts.
  • Be polite and demonstrate good manners.
  • Don’t sit until you are invited to and don’t slouch in your chair; use positive body language to demonstrate your interest.
  • Show enthusiasm, listen and take notes. Have questions ready to ask the interviewer at the end.
  • Try to incorporate what you know about the company and position into your answers to help “sell yourself.”
  • At the end, don’t be afraid to ask for the position. Put together a “closing statement” about why you should be hired.  Remember, as a high school student, you are not expected to have a lot of experience, but your high school experience offers you a chance to develop a strong work ethic and skills for success. Ask when the hiring decision may be made; thank the interviewer for his/her time and shake hands again. Ask for a business card.
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