Five Tips for Interview Success!

1/FIRST IMPRESSION– It takes 3-5 seconds to make a first impression. Studies show that your non-verbal first impression has more of an impact than anything you say.  Ask your child how he or she wants to come across and then help her come across that way.  Does his or her body language, facial expression, and eye contact match the way he or she wants to come across?  Also be sure to remind kids to continue using good body language and maintaining eye contact throughout the interview.

2/SHAKING HANDS– Most kids are never given a lesson on how to shake hands properly.  Guide your child on what a proper hand shake looks like (eye contact, good body language, a smile, meeting hands web-to-web with a firm grip). We shake hands to start an interview and to close an interview (see chapter one of socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS).

3/INTRODUCTIONS– Explain to kids that to introduce yourself properly, you can say: “Hello, I’m FIRST + LAST NAME.”  If the name of the interviewer is known ahead of time, even better!  For example, you could say, “Hello Ms. de Muyshondt, my name is FIRST + LAST NAME.”

4/SELF-AWARENESS- It’s important for children to develop a sense of self-awareness for their interviews, and for life in general.  Upon walking into the interview room, ask: “May I sit here?”  And at the end of the interview be sure to push in your chair and collect anything you brought in with you.  Express gratitude for the time spent together by saying: “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.”

5/PRACTICE- Review what your child plans to share during his or her interviews.  Explain that this is the time to share his or her story- academics, hobbies, passions, sports, and personality!  It’s one thing to say you are a soccer player, but it becomes a lot more interesting when you share how long you’ve played soccer, what position you play, and the lessons you’ve learned on the field.  And, do a mock interview with your child.  Taping it and playing it back is that much more beneficial and can serve as a means for your child to see for him or herself what he or she wants to work on.

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