Before a plane takes off, the pilot goes through an extensive checklist to ensure a safe flight. Sure, the pilot has flown the plane hundreds—if not thousands—of times, but they still use a checklist to ensure a repeat of the same, safe experience as the last flight.

Imagine an airline where they do not review a list? Given a choice between an airline that follows the pre-flight checklist and one that does not, which one would you fly? Arriving safely at your next destination means going with the option that takes the time to prepare.

Interviewing for a part-time job is very similar. Getting through the interview unscathed means taking the time to prepare properly.

Once you’ve discovered your first part-time job using HipHire or our mobile application, you’re ready to interview. To help ensure you have a successful interview, we’ve put together a few interview tips for teens!

Interview Tips for Teens: Google the Company

Even though you’ve already read the short overview of the company on HipHire, it’s important to still take time to Google them because you know they’re doing the same thing to find out a little bit about you before the interview.

Find information about the company and learn what products or services they sell. Look for any recent news, both good and bad.

Be ready to answer this question, “So, tell me what our company sells.” Not knowing the answer to the easiest questions will shorten your interview quickly.

You can also talk with friends and family members who are familiar with the business, particularly those who have worked there or know someone who does.

Interview Tips for Teens: Make a List of 3–5 Questions

While you might think only of being asked questions during a job interview, the questions you ask are actually very important.

Be prepared to ask a few questions at the end of the interview. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer you’re prepared.

If you discover something in your research that is worrisome, make sure to work it into the conversation. Honestly, you are interviewing the company now, and part of this process is confirming that you want to work for them, not just that they want to hire you.

Interview Tips for Teens: Locate Their Address

If you’re already using the HipHire app, you can skip this step because we included the business address on a Google map to make directions easy to find. But otherwise, you’ll want to be sure you know exactly where the business is and how long it takes to get there.

The goal is to show up 10–15 minutes before the interview, unless you’re told differently. If you’re always late, you may want to aim to get there even earlier to give yourself cushion.

Be aware of how long it is going to take you to drive, commute, bike, or walk to the location. I like to use tools like the Waze App, where it can offer me a few options when it come to the route I take to the interview. Don’t be late, it’s not the traffic’s fault—it’s yours!

Interview Tips for Teens: Be Confident

Now that you know some information about the company, directions to get there, and a list of questions to ask, be confident.

You are most likely the most prepared person they have even seen. You are the right match, right? This job is yours now, just execute, having confidence that HipHire helped set you up for success today. #TeenHiringGap

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