Interview skills to land a summer job

By Melody Wolf

As summer begins, students start to flock the local strip malls in search of a source of income. For those of you looking to do something other than sleeping until 2 p.m., you might want to consider getting a summer job. Here are some tips and trick to landing a job this summer.

shutterstock_370947476Start Early

Summer break and winter break are the prime time for seasonal employees – students tend to develop free time after school is out. Sadly, this means more competition. Take the initiative to begin job-searching while you are still in school in order to avoid the crowds. By applying early on, you are showing companies that you are motivated and ready-to-work.

Apply with style

Filling out an application should be treated just as serious as the interview. Make sure to use your best handwriting and ensure each section is neat and legible. Clarity is so important to employers when reviewing applications. If you don’t fully understand a question, don’t hesitate to ask. Be sure to use full sentences instead of shorthand. Lastly, take your time in double-checking all personal information and short responses. The last thing you need is for a random stranger getting offered your job because of one wrong digit!

shutterstock_529728940Dress to impress

Even if you are applying to be a fry cook at McDonalds, you should still look presentable. It Is ALWAYS better to appear overdressed rather than underdressed. For girls, I recommend a nice blouse, clean-pressed ankle pants and a matching pair of closed-toe shoes. For guys, a light button-up is always a go-to, but a polo could just as well suffice. You want your attire to reflect your professionalism – dress to impress!

Be fully engaged

If selected for an interview, that is usually the only chance you are going to get to talk to the hiring manager – there are rarely any do-overs. This is why the initial interview is SO important, and you need to make sure you are not distracted by any outside factors. Leave your phone in your car, fully immerse yourself in the conversation, and ask enticing follow-up questions. If you are engaged with your employer, you will be able to turn a one-sided interview into a full-blown conversation. Don’t let your employer dominate the conversation – show them why you will be a good fit for the company!

51DRUNlQF2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hopefully, with these tips, your summer will be spent doing a little more than watching Netflix. For a more in-depth look at nailing your next interview, check out our book: The Young Adult’s Survival Guide to Interviews.

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