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If you are 16 or 17 and looking for a job, you know it’s tough to find one. It is hard to even get a job interview as there aren’t that many jobs for 16 year olds available.












This means that if you are lucky and do find an employer who might be interested, you need to do the best you can in the interview.There are a lot of 16 year olds out there looking for jobs and employers can pick only the best candidates and the ones they think will do the best job. Your interview may be your one and only chance to impress someone enough to hire you.

1) Anyone interviewing for jobs for 16 year olds should dress nicely. You should NOT wear jeans unless that is all you have and instead wear pants that you might wear to church. At 16 you don’t have to wear a tie but you should look well groomed and your hair should be neat. Remember, it is up to you what type of an impression you want to make. If you are the only job candidate that doesn’t dress well, then you will not look good in the eyes of the employer.

2) You should be prepared for the standard questions you will be asked. Things like your name, age, grade, why you want a job, what your experience is, and other such questions are ones that you should not have to think about. Since you know you will be asked those questions or ones similar to them, you should think about and be ready to answer that type of question without hesitating. 

3) The job interview process is a way for an employer to sit down with you and find out who you are. There is no need to get overly nervous and your best chance of getting hired is to be honest with your answers and respectful to the person asking them. Remember, they are trying to figure out whether you will do a good job for them and whether the job will be one that you can do and will like.

4) Don’t ask silly questions. At some point the interviewer may ask if you have any questions. At that time you may ask more about the job and what you would be doing. It is important not to take up the interviewers time with questions like whether you will be given time to go to the bathroom or how much break time do you get. The prospective employer will learn a lot about you by the type of questions you ask so it is important to stick to questions that are job related and not childish.

5) You should never appear to be desperate for the job or beg for the job. It is true that the economy is down and you have probably had an impossible time trying to find a job. However, it is the same for everyone and no employer wants to hire someone that begs.

6) Never brag about the past jobs you have had, your grades, or any awards you have won. You might include them in the conversation when describing yourself but you should never appear to be cocky or overly proud. Employers want to hire people who are polite and respectful and not people who are overly confident or intent on telling the world how great they are.

These are some interview guidelines for all 16 year olds to follow when interviewing for a job. No matter what type of job it is, these general rules will help serve you well in any job interview.  You will most likely not be the only one trying to get the job so you must do your best to give the employer good reasons to hire you rather than reasons NOT to hire you. Jobs for 16 year olds are in demand now and if you are lucky to get an interview, you will hepefully do your best to give a good first impression.



  1. joshua frazer says:

    i need a job to be doing from my home

  2. logan grays says:

    i am 16 and tryin to find a good paying job in samburg TN