Job interview questions to practice with your teen

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?

Get tips to help your child develop job skills at home. And learn about great careers for kids who don’t want to sit at a desk all day.


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