Job Interview Tips for Your First Job


Have you ever  wondered how to prepare for a job interview that will successfully land you your first REAL job?

Well this week, I will be giving you the first video in the Offer Magnet Interview series and it will be packed with 4 great interview tips that will help you get that first formal, full-time position.

Each tip will offer something different and unique to all the other interview tips you probably have already heard.

Even if you have significant experience working “starter” jobs as a young adult or teenager, you will more than likely still need some assistance and guidance as you move onward and upward. The two types of jobs are definitely different in nature and you will need to approach a formal job interview more professionally.

As always, make sure to stick with me all the way to the end so you won’t miss my favorite segment, the Bonus CareerSuccess Tip for Underrepresented Populations. In this week’s segment, the content will be more personal but at the same time informative so you don’t want to miss out on something special.

Make sure to pull out that notebook, notepad, tablet, whatever you use to take notes and get ready to learn how to be an interviewing pro. Let’s secure that “real” job!

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Hey Jobseekers, Jennifer Tardy here, your career success coach and welcome to the CareerSuccess Channel for UPs. Today’s video will focus on job interview tips for your first job.

I will share with you four tips on how to be successful in mastering your first job interview. These tips will leave you feeling more confident than ever and prepared to show the interviewer that you come to land the position.  

Make sure you stick around to the end because you don’t want to miss the highlight of this video where I share my favorite segment, #CareerSuccess Bonus Tip for UPs. You don’t want to miss out! Stay tuned!

When I use the term first job, I am referring to your “first, formal, full-time, role.” But if you are anything like me, before your First, Formal, Full Time role, there was the: Movie Starz cashier (back when there were VHS tapes), Long-John Silvers cashier, Books-a-million cashier, I-hop hostess, computer lab monitor, tutor, part-time hair dresser – and a HOST of other jobs that never make it to my resume.

And even with all of these jobs, I still felt like I wasn’t as qualified as other people interviewing for the same entry level job because I had no FORMAL, FULL TIME experience. If you feel like this, then this video is for you!

The only reason previous formal Full Time experience matters is because previous work experience builds competencies (or your ability to do something successfully). And your ability to reference previous experience demonstrates (or confirms) to the interviewer that you’ve got these competencies that will make you successful on the next job.

But if this is your first FORMAL job, I’m going to share with you 4 job interview tips for your first job that can help to demonstrate that you have the right competencies.

Keep in mind that if you want to work with me directly to learn how to “Master an Interview and become an Offer Magnet” visit to take our newest course in the Career Success University.

Let’s get right into these tips!

Tip #1: Reference Your Informal Work Experience

Unless you’ve just been sitting on the couch all day, everyday, I can guarantee you that you have some previous experience doing WORK (of some sort) – paid or unpaid.

Remember what I was telling you before about me? From freelancing, babysitting, computer lab, tutoring coaching, or even volunteering, I had a lot of odd jobs before my first formal, full time job opportunity.

What jobs have you had in the past, no matter HOW informal? What did you learn from those jobs? Or in other words, what competencies were you able to develop. Secret: the three informal jobs that taught you your TOP competencies should always be in your back pocket to reference (even if they are not listed on your resume).

**Still feeling unsure of how to prepare for an interview even though you feel confident you will be just fine? Well I have a previous video that will help you check off anything you may have left out. Check out, “Interview Preparation Checklist (How to Slay Your Interview)”.

Tip #2: Emphasize What You’ve Learned

This means to emphasize your education. Now, don’t make the mistake and be the person who emphasizes THAT they have all of these degrees. Instead, emphasize some highlights of what your education has taught you. How has it added value? Education can promote newer methods and ways of learning older systems and processes. What new things have you learned that could be valuable to this industry, company, department, or role? Share this with your employer.

Quick Pause! Was there ever a time during an interview you felt like you left out the most important highlight of your education? Did you do anything to correct it like ask at the end of the interview if you could add a few things? Let me know in the comment section how you handled this situation. Leave a Comment Below

Tip #3: Always Highlight Your Leadership Ability

In all of the work that you do or have done, emphasize ways in which you took the helm. It doesn’t matter if it was on a sports team, project team, or while volunteering. Leadership can happen wherever you are. Demonstrating that you have the leadership competency will get you far.

**As I stated leadership competencies will get you far and it may even help seal the deal at the end of it all. Want to learn more on how you can get hired on the spot? Check out, “How To Convince an Interviewer To Hire You (ON THE SPOT!)”

Tip #4:  Talk About Something That You’ve Built, Created, or Formed From Scratch

Do you know how many competencies it takes to create something where nothing was there beforehand? Have you ever organized a local chapter, or started a club or membership? Be sure to share this with your interviewer.

As Promised, I wanted to share with you a career success tip!

CareerSuccess Bonus Tip for UPs:

My niece mentioned to me that whenever she interviews, if she knows a white person is interviewing for the same role, she assumes that they will get the job. Replace “white person” with anything else, a man, a person with a degree, a person with an advanced degree, a person with more experience, etc…then this becomes a real feeling that a lot of people have. My advice to you is to watch your mindset. You must be confident in yourself and your own abilities. That confidence that you have (or lack thereof) can be the main reason you are selected or not selected for the role – regardless of whether this is your first interview or not.

I’m glad that you rode out these few minutes with me and stuck it out to the very end! Hope you got what you came for and more!

In order to show your competencies, you must reference your informal work experience, emphasize what you’ve learned, highlight your leadership ability, and talk about something that you’ve built, created, or formed from scratch.

At the end of the day, you are worth fighting for!

If you are watching this video, I’m thinking you may be interested in another free gift of ours. It is a free downloadable guide: 25 Common Interview Questions (With Top Notch Answer)

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As always, for us to be #underrepresented no more, we must Learn, Engage, Apply, Repeat, Now. I’m Jennifer Tardy your CareerSuccess coach! I’ll see you in the next video – 25 Common Interview Questions (With Top Notch Answers)!



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