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Interviewing

Preparing for Interviews
 
High School to Life (CHS Senior Class)
  • CHS has partnered with the community to bring in Employers to conduct mock interviews with seniors during their High School to Life Class 
    • This has proven to be a very valuable experience for CHS students, and some students have even been offered real jobs out of the experience!
 
Interview Tips for High School Students 
 
Prepare Ahead of Time (Days prior to the interview!)
  • Do not go into an interview stone cold with no preparation!
    • Predict questions you may be asked during the interview. 
      • Write them out on paper. 
      • It works a different type of your brain to actually write out your thoughts and will help you memorize your answers.
    • Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview that you actually take to the interview. 
      • Research any website the employer may have ahead of time.
  • Consult with others
    • Consult about the prospective job and skills they see you in that would match (teachers, parents, counselor, etc.)
  • Write down your strengths
    • In the days before the interview examine your own strengths, so you have time to think about them ahead of time.
    • Be prepared to answer why the job interests you and why you think you are the person for the job
    • Also think about your weaknesses, as you may be asked about them and how you would best approach a question pertaining to them in a positive light.
  • Prepare a portfolio
    • Put in it items that apply to the job such as pictures, awards, certificates/ you diploma, etc. (This will help you stand-out which is the name of the game!)
  • Have Your Resume and References Printed 
    • Take both to your interview
    • Make sure you are using a professional sounding e-mail (Not Iheartteddybears@...)
  • Have Your Voicemail Sounding Professional
    • Make sure your voicemail is a standard voicemail and not something silly sounding
At the Interview
  • Remember You Are Being Being Interviewed At All Times
    • Even prior to starting the interview and right after from the minute you walk in the door you are interviewing.
    • Arrive early for your Interview! 
      • 15 minutes early is your best bet.  This is demonstrating that you will be early to work and that you are dependable.
  • Dress Appropriately
    • First impressions are huge so make sure you dress to nail the interview.  A good rule of thumb is dressing a step up from what you would wear for the actual job.
  • Treat the Front Office Well
    • Act as if they are part of the interview (They are!)
    • Be nice, professional, and maintain good eye contact.
  • Cell phones Off or on Silent
    • Remember not to check your phone while you are being interviewed.
  • Greet the Interviewer
    • Maintain good eye contact, a firm handshake, and a smile.
  • Be Positive and Enthusiastic About the Job
  • Have Your List of Questions Ready
    • Ask questions that lead the interviewer to know you are eager to hear more.
  • Do Not Bring Up Pay!
    • Leave letting the interview know hands down you want the job (If you do!)
After the Interview
  • Compose a Thank-You E-mail or Note
    • Follow-up with right after the interview thanking the interviewer for the interview and stating you want the job and why and that you look forward to hearing from the interviewer.