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Postby m16a » Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:05 am

hey guys, yeah its pathetic I'm 16 and I'm only now having my first job interview. But I'm pretty excited about it because I've been wanting to get a job and start making some money of my own, particularly for car insurance(I can't drive unless I pay the insurance) anyways, I was wondering if any of you guys who are far more experienced in this area had an practical tips that could be helpful for one young, slightly nervous guy going for his first job. Thanks guys,

M16a

PSDon't laugh, its at dollar tree, not glamorous, but its a job
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Re: First job interview

Postby knapplc » Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:30 am

m16a wrote:yeah its pathetic I'm 16

I agree that it's pathetic that you're 16. You should really strive to be older than that. ;-)



Jokes aside - you'll be fine. Wear clothes appropriate for the interview (like nice pants and a nice buttoned shirt). Take care of all personal hygiene issues. Be friendly to everyone working there that you speak to. Show enthusiasm for the job. Show that you are willing to work.

Don't sweat that it's at Dollar Tree, man. We all have to start somewhere. What's important now is gaining experience and having a good record when you leave there.

My first job was detassling corn. Dollar Tree seems almost glamorous in comparison. :-b
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Re: First job interview

Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:11 am

i suggest wearing a low cut blouse and a short skirt with some sensible heals...that always seems to work in the movies

serioulsy good luck though, i think knapp covered it

my 1st job was at 14 at a pizza place...i goofed off so much it was more like fun than work, plus i got all kinds of free food
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Re: First job interview

Postby beanoX3 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:23 am

My first job turned me into a mallrat for a year. :-b

Anyways, don't listen to any of knapp's advice. He's clearly out of touch with current trends in the job hiring market with the advice he gave. Personal hygiene? BO adds character. Appropriate clothes? Leather shows you mean business. Enthusiasm? Apathy is the way to go. Make them think that you don't need the job and they'll scramble to hire you before someone else does. Toss in a couple insults to your interviewer and you'll be running the place within the week.

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Re: First job interview

Postby Guru13 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:48 am

chillax dude, where some nice close and don't say something really stupid, if they need to hire someone you'll have a job. That's pretty much how most of the "teenage jobs" in my area are. As long as you don't completely embarass yourself (and maybe even if you do) you'll get it. ;-D
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Re: First job interview

Postby Metroid » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:02 am

Just show up on time with your hair combed and teeth brushed and you'll have a job. Oh and don't put the moves on the interviewer...I don't care how cute he is keep your hand to yourself. ;-D
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Re: First job interview

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:20 am

FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:chillax dude, where some nice close and don't say something really stupid, if they need to hire someone you'll have a job. That's pretty much how most of the "teenage jobs" in my area are. As long as you don't completely embarass yourself (and maybe even if you do) you'll get it. ;-D


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Re: First job interview

Postby scottaa1 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:32 pm

Ask for an exorbinant amount of compensation... and when they ask why they should pay someone that much who has no experience, tell them it's because the job is alot harder when you don't know what you're doing.

My first job was at a k-mart, which lasted less than a week. Then I worked at a pet shop. whenever a rodent would bite me, I'd feed it to my python that night.

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Re: First job interview

Postby spodog » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:54 pm

I have interviewed quite a few people over the years. Here are some things I've seen or heard about from other interviewers that you should avoid:

1. Chewing gum during the interview
2. Text Messaging during the interview (just turn the cellphone off for that matter)
3. Every other word is "um" or "like"
4. Wearing a clip on tie
5. Profanity
6. Insulting a former employer (probably not an issue for you)
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Re: First job interview

Postby josebach » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:02 pm

I'm preparing for an interview too. It'll probably take me a couple weeks minimum to customize my resume, write a cover letter and fully prepare for it. If I get the job, I'll have a 25% salary increase and will be managing around 100 people. The downside is that it will significantly cut my cafe time during work hours. Then again, even though I like surfing the web and visiting the cafe, I much prefer being busy, so this really isn't a negative. I should be one of the frontrunners, so wish me luck!!! :-o :-b
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