“Tell us about yourself”
The second most asked question is this one. It should be a no brainer right? Everyone can talk about themselves.
“I just graduated from High School. I like to hang out with my friends and go shopping. I play basketball on the weekends and watch tv. ”
While this does give the interviewer an idea of how you like to keep yourself entertained, it does little to inform the prospective employer about your skills; things that can be used to make the job and the company more successful. Always focus on your personal strengths and how they are going to make the company you’re employing money.
“I’m really energetic, and a great communicator. Working at Foot Locker for two years helped me build confidence, and taught me the importance of customer service. I’ve also got a track record of success. In my last role, I launched a company newsletter, which helped us build on our existing relationships and create new ones. I’m also really interested in how companies can use web tools to better market themselves, and would be committed to doing the same here.”
When we conduct interviews for the WesGold Fellows Program, we are looking to get the student as well as we possibly can within the little interaction that we have. The struggle comes in getting that across to the interviewer in a way that highlights your professional capabilities too!
Don’t underestimate yourself or feel intimidated by the jobs that you have had. Youth jobs, employment positions that are usually geered to students with flexible schedules, are great in that they build the foundation of customer service, a highly valued trait at any job. Build on that and on any position in which you were creative with solutions (Class Presidents, Alter Boy, etc.)