Interview Tips for Your First Job

Tips for a Successful First Job Interview

Taking the time to prepare in advance for a job interview will help reduce the stress. Copyright Jeff Cadge / Getty Images

Even though you're probably going to be really nervous when you go on your first job interview, the key to a successful first interview is to prepare for the interview, practice interviewing, dress appropriately and try to stay calm.

Remember, your interviewer is mostly likely used to interviewing first-time job seekers. Plus, everyone has a first interview in their work history. After interviewing the first time, it will get much easier.

Here are first job interview tips to make the interview a success.

Before Your First Job Interview

Research the Company. Take some time to research the company so you are familiar with how they operate. There is a lot of company information available online.

Learn About the Job. Learn about the job you are looking to get. Ask yourself, "Why am I the best person for the job?" Do you know someone else who works at the company? Ask them about the job, the interview process, and the company.

Practice Interviewing. Review typical teen interview questions and answers and practice your responses before you go. Ask a family member or friend to ask you some questions, so you can practice your answers.

Dress Appropriately. Choose simple and appropriate attire for the position you are interviewing for. If you're not sure what to wear ask an adult family member, teacher, or guidance counselor. Take a look at what you shouldn't wear to a first job interview, as well.

Write a Resume. A resume will make a good impression on the interviewer. Bring a copy of your resume, if you have one, and a pen and paper ready to take along for notes. Here's how to write your first resume.

Get Directions and a Ride. If you need a ride to the interview, line it up ahead of time. Make sure you know where you are going for the interview so that you do not get lost and are on time.

During Your First Job Interview

  • If you're under 18 and your state requires teens to have working papers, bring your working papers with you.
  • Try to stay cool, calm, and collected. Staying as calm as possible will help you focus on the interviewer.
  • If you feel flustered, pause and take a few deep breaths to gather your thoughts.
  • Be confident in your skills and abilities when you are talking to the interviewer. Remember this is a first job and you aren't expected to have a lot of experience.
  • Try to incorporate what you know about the company looking to hire you.
  • Be honest. If you have sports or other activities that may conflict with your work schedule, tell the interviewer.
  • Make eye contact and avoid distractions.
  • Listen and take notes. Have a question ready to ask at the end of the interview.
  • At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you.

After Your First Job Interview

Send a thank you note immediately after the interview. Remind them about how interested you are in the position they are looking to fill. Send a note to each person that interviewed you.