Job interview questions to practice with your teen

By Andrew M.I. Lee, JD

Expert reviewed by Jim Rein, MA

Think back to your first few job interviews. Did you know what to expect or say? Interviewing can be a stressful experience for teens looking for their first job — especially if they have learning and thinking differences. It requires certain skills that may be weak spots, like or focus. Plus, it’s unknown territory.

Practicing — first with you, then with an adult your teen’s not as close to — can reduce the fear factor and build your child’s confidence. Use this list of common interview questions with your teen.

  • Can you tell me a little about yourself?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are you learning in your classes that will help you succeed in this position?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What’s the accomplishment you feel proudest about?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Can you work on holidays and weekends? What about evenings?
  • This job pays X. Is that acceptable to you?
  • Do you have any questions about the job or this company?
  • When can you start?