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Summer Job Interview Tips

Top 10 Tips for Students Interviewing for Summer Jobs

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Summer Job Interview Tips
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So you've networked successfully or reached out directly to employers and landed an interview, now what can you do to capitalize on this opportunity and convert it to a job offer for the summer? Effective preparation, delivery and follow up will all be critical to your success. Here are the top ten tips for successfully interviewing for a summer job:

Prepare! Think of successful past experiences as a student, athlete, volunteer, employee, and friend or with school activities. Identify the skills or qualities which enabled you to do well in those situations. Be ready to share statements referencing those strengths and to give examples of how and when you tapped those assets.

Practice a 30 word statement underscoring why you want the job and how you have the right stuff to excel in that role. Rehearse in front of the mirror, with parents, advisors or other trusted individuals.

Review all the experiences listed on your application and/or resume and be ready to answer questions about them like what was challenging about that role, why you left the job, what you learned and your biggest accomplishments.

Dress more nicely than you would in everyday life. Think neat church clothing. Have your parents inspect your outfit before departing for your interview.

Avoid excessive make up, piercings and wild hairdos. Present the image that your employer would want for their clientele. You can always readjust your grooming once you leave the interview and see your friends.

Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and warm smile. Make comfortable eye contact when articulating your statements. Lean slightly forward to engage your interviewer and don't slouch.

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude really count with summer job interviews. All things being equal, the eager, upbeat young candidate will be much more likely to get an offer. Smile often, use a lively vocal tone and focus on the positive at all times. Verbalize to the employer that you would really like the job and work hard to do well.

If you don't have all the skills or experiences required for the job, it is best to honestly admit that fact if asked but emphasize your eagerness to learn and ability to learn quickly.

Express as much flexibility as honestly possible regarding hours worked and start dates. If you can start in the spring or continue in the fall while in school, it may be a distinct advantage with some employers.

Compose a thank you note as soon as possible after your interview expressing your appreciation for the meeting and excitement about the possibility of working there this summer. Include a photo to help them remember you. Check in periodically with your employer after the interview and express your continued interest.

Remember that there are many fish in the sea of summer employers, so be yourself, do your best, but don't put too much pressure on yourself to succeed in any one interview.

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