When you're a teen preparing for a job interview, it can be a stressful experience. Basically it is unknown territory. Some teens have no problem interviewing, articulating their strengths, addressing weaknesses and maneuvering through the entire hiring process, others may find it extremely difficult and intimidating.
What if the teen is desperately shy and has learning and thinking differences? Interviewing requires certain skills that may be weak, such as listening, comprehension or focus. After a teen finishes an interview, most often they will comment they thought it went well. Only later to discover they did not get the job and have no idea why? How many teens are self-aware?
Teens today are very tech savvy. They know how to text, play video games, Snapchat and Facetime. Do they know how to make eye contact? Can they speak in complete sentences without saying “huh” or “like”?
How are they at making first impressions? Parents usually have great advice to share about interviewing. Unfortunately, teens become selectively deaf to listening to that advice.
Interviewing coaching can help increase teenagers chances of getting a job. Coaching gives teens the experience of answering many different interview questions and interacting with potential employers.
Teens that go through interview prep gain valuable feedback that helps them to improve responses during interviews.
Debi Dault, a certified, seasoned Human Resource Professional with over 30 years’ experience in recruiting and hiring. As a former Youth Director, she has an easy going, relatable communication style with teens who normally find it difficult to talk with adults.