Oct 3, 2022

5 Tips for Getting Your First Job Interview

It’s normal to feel nervous for your first big job interview—you may not be sure what to bring, what to wear, or what kinds of questions they will ask. Luckily, getting your first job doesn’t have to be intimidating, and you don’t have to feel completely unprepared! Here are 5 tips to help you successfully get that first job. 

Write a Resume 

When applying to your first job, it is important to let an employer know what skills you bring to the position, and you can do this by creating a resume. Your resume for your first job will include many skills you have learned in other areas of your life. Since you haven’t worked in a paid position before, look to classes you have taken, projects you have participated in, or volunteer experiences. Visit the Church’s Employment Services’ website for more information about how to create a resume and what to include.  

Find the Right Job for You 

If you are searching for your first job, you don’t need to worry—there are tons of resources available to help you find job openings. There are plenty of online job boards with thousands of listings to explore. If this is your first job, be sure to filter your searches to entry-level jobs to find one that fits your interests and skills.  
Another helpful option when searching for a job is speaking with others, such as a friend, Church member, or relative. This is often known as networking. Networking is a great way to get a feel for what jobs interest you and who might be hiring.  

Dress to Impress 

One of the first things an employer will notice when you walk into an interview is your appearance. Wear that nice button-up shirt or that dress that’s hanging in the back of your closet.  A final touch-up on your hair gives you a fresh look. It really makes a difference! Professional appearance also includes smiling and making eye contact. 

Nail the Interview 

One of the best ways to nail a job interview is by practicing. Look up typical job interview questions and practice answering them out loud. Have someone practice interviewing with you to make it easier for the real thing. Come prepared with some experiences you will want to talk about, but also come prepared with questions to ask the interviewer. Asking questions not only shows interest in the position but will also help you to know if that is the right position for you. And of course, show professionalism in an interview by dressing appropriately and showing up on time. 

Follow-up after the Interview 

To really make your interview stand out, contact the employer after the interview. Thank them for their time and use this as a chance to restate your interest in the job. A hand-written ‘thank-you’ note goes a long way, but an email may also be appropriate. 
If you follow these five tips, you will be well-prepared to land your first job. If you are interested in practicing these skills with someone or learning more about these topics, visit employment.ChurchofJesusChrist.org or call 888-818-4484 to speak directly with an employment advisor.