Job interviews are never fun but they are a necessary part of adult life. Without a job, you will never be able to make a living and so you should always do your best in any interview to project as good an image as possible. Now is the time to start practicing and learning how to be viewed well in a job interview situation.
Jobs for 18 year olds can be for part time jobs while you are still in high school or jobs that you hope to get after you graduate. No matter which type of job you are interviewing for, there are things you should and shouldn’t do that will either help or hurt your chances. Remember, if you are eighteen, that means that you are now an adult in the eyes of the law and of society. You will now be expected to present yourself as an adult and interview like an adult. Here are some tips:
1) Come to the interview prepared – If you are not ready to answer some of the questions you will be asked, it will be very obvious you are not prepared and perhaps not even serious about getting a job. The more interviews you go to the more you will know what types of questions to expect.
2) Resume complete with references – At 18 years old, you should be able to put together a resume with references any employer can call. Some will have better resumes than others due to the fact that they have had more job experience but even if you have little, you should try to have a resume ready to give the interviewer.
3) Know what hours you are available – If you are a high school student, you should know ahead of time what hours you will be able to work. It is unlikely that an employer will be able to work around your schedule and so it is smart to do some research ahead of time to make sure you can actually work the hours that will be required.
4) Know as much about the job as possible – It helps to find out as much information as you can about the job you are interviewing for before hand so that you don’t waste the interviewers time. If you are able to discuss the job and ask intelligent questions about it right from the start, most any prospective employer will be impressed and assume you really are interested.
5) Don’t ask silly questions– Be careful to only ask intelligent questions and ones that adults would ask. For instance, you wouldn’t want to ask about how much break time you get every day or something trivial and juvenile like that. Remember, the questions you ask an employer reflect on you and can damage your chances of getting hired if you ask the wrong ones.
6) Be gracious and thank them for the interview– Always thank the interviewer for the time they have set aside to consider you for the job. Many people go an extra step of sending a thank you note a day after the interview which can be in the form of an email or a paper note sent through the mail. Jobs for 18 year olds are hard to find and any small thing you do like send thank yous may make the difference.