While each job position is unique, there are certain things you should try to include in your answers to make a great impression. These answers will help you in retail, restaurant, game stores, and even home repair stores. Just one of these thoughtful responses could be the difference between getting a job or not.
1. A job interviewer wants to know that you have intentions of staying a while. No one wants to train someone just for them to leave in a couple of months. Try to reassure the hiring manager that one reason you want to work for their company, is that you read that they have opportunity for career growth. Mention that you noticed that they promote from within and that in 5 years you see yourself in an advanced position. Read the company website and learn what the typical career path is. Know the job titles and which ones you might be able to move into eventually.
2. Emphasize that you have the skills that they are looking for such as communication, customer service, the ability to handle a fast paced environment with energy, and a positive attitude. By reading the job posting you can gleam from the ad some of the qualities that the employer is looking for. Because customer service and sales drive most businesses, demonstrate that you know what good customer service entails and how important it is. Learn customer service tips here: http://visual.ly/25-skills-excellent-customer-service
3. Show your knowledge of their product lines and talk about any that you have used or eaten. If they frequently have sales, promotions, or rewards, mention that you have seen their advertisements. Know about any new items being launched into the marketplace.
4. If they want to know why you desire to work there, compliment their business such as how well they take care of their customers or how well they treat their employees. Also note awards the company has received, charities that they are affiliated with and the reputation that they carry.
5. If you are asked to describe yourself, use words like reliable, relatable, friendly, detail-oriented, team player, self-motivated and a hard worker. You can expand on each point with examples as to how your personality can be an asset to the company and how your traits will allow you to fit into the company culture.
6. You will be asked about your experience. Even if you have never had a paid job, try to relate some of the things you have done for your family, school, community, church or friends to the position to which you are applying.
7. You can get specific clues into how a certain company interviews by watching YouTube videos or checking a website such as Glassdoor. Additionally, teens have told us the questions they were asked on interviews. See this page.
The bottom line is that you need to prepare. Read about the company. Study the job ad. Learn everything you can about the job title. Prepare a resume. Get references. Practice your interview answers.