Before you know it, your teen is growing like a weed and will be graduating school soon. With this comes the opportunity for many future plans, which may relate to college, internships, or job interviews. How can you best prepare your teen for the interview process? Continue reading to find out some tips and tricks!

Be Prepared

The biggest piece of advice you can give your teen is to be as prepared as possible. This can be prepping potential interview questions, checking out the websites of the organization(s) they are interviewing with, and outlining plans on what they would bring to the organization and how they can make that happen. Businesses and organizations more than ever are very action-driven, and want results quickly. If your teen can show how they can make that happen, it will help immensely in the interview process. You can help your teen with this process however much they want, whether it’s you pretending to be the interviewer or helping them outline plans or their accomplishments. 

Be Professional

It’s always important to let your teen know how to act and dress during interviews. Ensure they have appropriate attire to wear, even if it’s a slightly less formal event. Dressing in business casual is always a safe bet, and they can wear suits if the interview calls for it, such as a job interview for a bigger corporation. You also don’t want your teen to think they can’t be themselves during the interview, but that they should refrain from using any expletives and potentially avoiding more generational-slang speech. You can also assist with a few faux interviews to help set your teen up for a welcoming, relaxed interview process. 

Be Ready

It’s also worth to note that your teen should think about responses on the spot from interviews. Some jobs or internships may be ready to bring your teen on board relatively quickly, and you’ll want to make sure they’re properly prepared to answer these questions. They may ask about start dates or schedules, and if your teen needs help with transportation, you want to be prepared as well. Have them ask about set or specific schedules, and really get the details before committing to anything. They can certainly get back to the organizations or businesses after thinking about the options available to them and taking the proper next steps. 

However your teen needs help in preparing for their interviews, you’ll be able to give them the necessary tips and information to make a great first impression. 

Katie Kyzivat