Interview Tips & Techniques For Youth

By Jake McKay | Posted: Wednesday April 27, 2016

Interviewing for a new job can be incredibly stressful, especially if you are inexperiencedor have never had one before. With a bit of practice, you can boost your confidence to help you score that brand new job! We've put together a quick list of tip tips to nail that interview. Check them out below.

Number 1: Read and Reread Your CV! Then Read It Again!

You likely handed in your CV for the job and have been offered an interview because the boss liked what they saw. Make sure you know exactly what was in your CV so you can reiterate your skills and experience in the interview - these skills are exactly what got you the interview! Your CV has highlighted what your skills are, but make sure you go into detail with examples of times you've showcased or developed these skills - You should prepare these examples before you head into your interview.

Number 2: Make The Best First Impression Possible

You only have one chance to meet someone for the first time, and it's suggested that it only takes 10-20 seconds for someone to form an opinion on meeting you. So what should you make sure to do correctly? 

  • Be on time! 96% of employers agree that a future employee's timekeeping is important when forming a first impression.
  • Smile! Even if you're super nervous, make sure you come across as friendly with a smile.
  • Make Eye Contact! When greeting the interviewer make sure you look them in the eye, and not at the ground or around the room!
  • Dress Your Best! Make sure you are dressed tidy, clean and professional. 

Number 3:  PREPARE! Learn About The Business!

Make sure you research the company and the job you've applied for. This could include looking at their website, going into the business for a walk around or talking to current employees. Make sure you showcase this knowledge in your interview, it'll show the interviewer that you're interested in their business and were prepared for the interview!

Number 4: Ask Your Interviewer Questions Too!

Being prepared and asking questions back shows the employer that you're interested in the job and want to find out more. Questions to ask could include:

  • What results am I expected to achieve in this role?
  • What development opportunities can you offer me in this role?
  • Can you tell me about the rest of the team I would be working with?
  • Who in the organisation would I be responsible to and who would be my key point of contact?

Number 5: Think Then Speak! 

Before answering any question you've been asked, pause and think about the best answer. Don't start speaking and ramble as you think of an answer - you may forget the question or not actually answer it at all! This way you'll make sure you don't freeze on the spot and answer every question in the best way possible.

Number 6: Review Common Interview Questions And Prepare Answers!

A lot of interviewers will ask similar questions about your work or life experience, your skills, your career goals and your interests. There are lots of online resources that can help you practice common interview questions! Have a look at Seek, CareersNZ or Monster to practice for yourself.



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