I recently had the chance to interview a few students, and after each interview, I walked away encouraged about our youth.
It wasn’t that they all did great. Far from it. Some of the students clearly did not practice, answered questions only with yes or no, or did not answer my questions fully. But all of the students could benefit from a few simple tips on interviewing.
Here are the top 5 tips that everyone can benefit from:
1. Listen to the Question. Specifically: Write the question down if necessary (Bring a notepad) and underline different parts so they stand out. It’s essential to be focused and to listen to the interviewer.
2. Use CAR (Challenge, Action, Result) or STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) as a format for answering a question. Laying out the setting, following up with action and finally with result are really important developmentally with kids.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice …with mom/dad/grandmother/grandpa/ etc. The truth is the ones closest to us, can likely give us the most blunt feedback and remind you of things you have forgotten and that will help us a lot when it comes to interviews. Which gets us to…
4. Re-read your resume. If you don’t have one, I suggest you create one now using our FREE template PF2C Resume Template. You would be surprised how much we each forget about our past. Don’t try to remember, memorize, etc. Just have it handy and review it.
5. Record yourself. In my interview package, I video record the first interview I have with the student, before giving any feedback. When a student is able to see themselves, they can help in brainstorming useful techniques to address any interviewing weakness.
The best thing about all these tips are that they can be used for parents interviewing for jobs. Good luck and have fun testing these! Don’t forget to share your winning tips on how to ace an interview.