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Why parents need to prepare their child for job interviews
Contribution from Kirsty Ferguson, Interview & Resume Expert
My friend’s nephew has just discovered how difficult it is to get a job. I’m not talking a full time career; I’m talking about a casual or part-time job whilst still in school or university.
Most large retailers have a rigorous interview process that will include some, if not all of the following:
- Step 1 – Phone interview
- Step 2 – Group interview
- Step 3 – One on one interview
- Step 4 – Your referees are actually called
Since our day, the hiring protocols have been tightened, simply because of the sheer number of applicants. The above process is conducted every time a role is advertised, even for kids who are in year 10.
I asked around at school and found many parents unaware of this formal recruitment process. In fact they expected a 10 minute “casual chat” with a manager from where their child would step into a job on a cash register or selling “on the floor”. Not so. These jobs are highly contested and you have to present as a good candidate to make it through.
If parents are unaware, it means their children will most likely go into the interview unprepared. We are talking teenagers here. As a parent have you ever tried to have an animated phone conversation with an unsuspecting 17-year-old? How was your day? “Good”. What did you do today? “Uhm, not much”.
So, do you think your son or daughter could answer these questions effectively if they get a call from an employer:
- “Tell me about yourself”? or
- “Why do you want to work for us?”
- “What do you know about our company?”
- “What skills or strengths are you bringing to this role?”
Right. 5 seconds of silence and a large “uuuuuuhhhmmm” and your son/daughter just lost an opportunity for a job they really wanted.
But there is good news. Kirsty’s next blog will outline what parents can do to get their child ready for the job interview.