Youth can learn interview skills to help secure jobs

Tips and suggestions for when it is time for the interview.

When it is time for the interview for the job you have applied for, there are certain steps to take before the interview happens. Michigan State University Extension 4-H youth programs offer workshops and suggested research on what is needed for upcoming interviews.

Once you have put your resume together that implements all of your information, you will then need to take time to prepare for the interview. This is the next step in securing the job of your choice. One of the first things you need to do is to reseach the organization or the employee (if you know who will be conducting your interview). What type of work is involved? How long have they been hiring people? Look up the company online by reviewing their website. Take notes for yourself and then bring those with you to the interview. The interview committee will be impressed that you took the time to research and have questions for them.

During the interview, you will need to sell yourself. You need to know your skills – to share what you know and how you will use your knowledge and skills in the job offered. You need to be upfront and truthful about yourself. If they do not think you are sincere about the job, why would they want to hire you?

It is suggested that you list your accomplishments and then list what life skills your learned by achieving those accomplishments.

Researech sample interview questions and practice answering them. A suggested website for more information is This will help your thought process and not catch you off guard. Questions such as the following may be asked:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What movitates you?
  • Why should we hire you?

Body lanquage, dressing for the interview, and making that first impression are all vital to the interview process.

Be yourself. As mentioned before, have questions ready for the interview team. As you leave the interview, thank the. After oyu hav left the interview, send a short hand-written note thanking them for their time.

For more information on the interview process explore the internet as there are many resourceful interviewing tips and questions available online. Researching always puts you one step ahead!

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