Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grill Your Teen In A Mock Job Interview

Today’s fantastic family finance article is:

Mock Job Interview Take 2

What can you tell me about your work history? Ummm.
Why do you want to work here? Ummm.
What’s your biggest weakness? Ummm.
Have you ever had trouble with a co-worker? Ummm.
Why should we hire you? Ummm.

Have you told your teen what to expect in a job interview? Ummm.

Don’t let your teen walk into a job interview unprepared. Share these basic interview tips to help her seal the deal:

  • Catalog the obvious questions. Think about it. It’s pretty straightforward to figure out what interviewers are likely to ask. Sit down and make a list.
  • Tell stories instead of reciting facts. Facts are dry. Stories are engaging, memorable, and authentic. Encourage your teen to wrap answers in real stories. Watch the video in today’s article to see how it’s done.
  • Map interviewer questions to your answers. Henry Kissinger once started a press conference with the line: “Does anyone have any questions for my answers?” Coach teens to bring the conversation back to what they know.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice. Writing responses down is a good start, but nothing beats live practice. Tell your teen to rehearse responses out loud in front of the mirror. Then conduct a few mock interviews with a parent in the hiring manager role.

With a little practice and mentoring from you, your teen will soon be tackling the easiest interview question of all: When can you start?

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