It’s tricky and can be scary…we know. We’ve all been there. But, getting that first job may not be as hard as you think.
So, you’ve just been called in for your very first interview. That’s great! After the happy dance ends, you may start to get a little worried about not knowing what to do. That’s what we’re here for. So, take a deep breath and let us walk you through it.
This week we’re going to focus on the job interview question, “Why should we hire you?”
If this question comes up in your interview, chances are it is one of the last questions you will get asked. So, this may be your last chance to prove to the employer that you are their best option for the position.
Stay away from the answers that remind them of your lack of experience:
“No one else will hire me because I don’t have any experience. Are you up for the challenge?”
“I just want a first job and it’s really hard to find one!”
“I have nothing else to do.”
Your best bet is to pull from experiences in your life that show you are professional and responsible. Things like school activities, sports, volunteer work and odd jobs are all great examples to mention. Here’s an example of what you should be telling them:
“I am a very motivated worker and a fast learner. During my time volunteering with a local thrift store, I realized how much I enjoy customer service and the retail world in general. From what you’ve told me in this interview, I think this position would make a great fit and I’m excited about this opportunity.”
We’ll be adding a new video every week over the next month to help you feel more confident and prepared for your first interview. Stay tuned!