How well do you know yourself?
Have you taken a personality inventory?
Have you taken an interest inventory?
Have you taken a career interest inventory?
All three of these inventories will provide you with information about yourself and careers that will allow you to find happiness and contentedness in your future employment.
Clarity and Concision
Positive Thoughts and Thinking
Using your knowledge and skills in positive manner
Surrounding yourself with positive people
Do more than is required
Think as a team member
Follow a structure
Make positive decisions
Follow through with implementation
Question with humility
Persuade in a positive manner
Know the vision and goals of the company or project
Participate in the culture of the company or project
Be inclusive with team members and coworkers
Provide detailed explanations
Provide methods of evaluation
Be able to interpret explanations
How well do you know the potential employer?
What do they do?
What types of employment is available?
What is the history of the company?
What are they promoting for the future?
The better you know the company the more prepared you will be for an interview.
Things to consider before seeking employment:
Be aware of what you post on social media.
Some companies check social media when evaluating new employees.
Some companies do initial interviews via phone.
Do not try to drive and contact an interview.
If the call comes at an inconvenient time it is acceptable to ask to reschedule the call at a later time.
Some companies require applicants to take a form of test prior to an interview.
You can inquire as to the test or tests you will be taking.
It is recommended you research and prepare for the test.
All companies run a basic criminal background check on all new potential employees.
Depending on the employer or the type of work a more detailed check may be performed. Normally these are done before the job offer or directly after initial employment.
You will need three to four references
Rules of References:
The person should know you as more than an acquaintance for three or more years.
The Reference can not be related to you in any way.
You must ask the permission of a person to be a reference before using them as a reference.
Select persons who will only speak well of you and your work ethic.
Information you will need on each reference:
Full Legal Name (Example: Mr. John J. Smith)
Complete mailing address including their city and zip code
Work and or cell phone number with area code.
A professional email address, if the person uses email on a regular basis.
Examples of good references:
Pastors/Youth Leaders/other religious Leaders
Scout leaders/Coaches/Youth Organization Leaders
Persons you have worked for, even for non-paid work such as charities.
Print all information as neatly as possible
Personal contact information
Reference contact information
Social Security Number
Applications can be paper-based or digital.
Understand this is a legal document, false information is a criminal offense.
Sign your name in Cursive!
Punctuality is very important when arriving to an interview.
It is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Make sure you and your clothing are freshly laundered.
You want to impress the employer. The appropriate attire should make them focus of the person not the human body.
Button Up shirt w/ appropriate tie
Khaki or Dress pants
Suit or sport coat
Nice Blouse-no low collars or off the shoulder
Nice knee-Length or ankle-length dress or skirt
Pant or Dress suites
Practice makes perfect..no but it will make you more prepared!
Prepare yourself, practice interviews and questions to common questions.
Google “Common Interview questions”
There are hundreds-of-thousands out there, look them over and think about how you would answer.
Ask a parent, counselor, or Career Developer to do a mock interview with you.
Be on guard how you act
How you set
How you cross your legs
Within 10 minutes of leaving the interview stop and write down some notes
3 good points of the interview
3 things you would like to clarify or provide more information
Use these in the follow-up letter that you will complete and send within 2 business days of the interview!