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Building - Youth Employment. We are here to help young people who are looking for work. If you are aged between 16 and 24, we can help you get your CV up to speed and provide training and support to get you work-ready. On this page we also have tips on getting ready to apply for jobs and preparing for an interview.

If you are looking for employment and would like our help, complete and submit the quick questionnaire towards the bottom of the page and one of our team members will get in touch with you. Or you can phone 0800 4 YOUTH.

Preparing for your job interview

Do you have a job interview coming up? Here are a few tips to help make sure you are ready for your interview.

  • Know your future employer - what does the company do and how do they do it? If you need help researching the business talk to a Council youth connector.
  • Read any information you can find; underline words or terms you don't know and research them.
  • Do you know what the job/role is?
  • Do you know how much it pays?

Before the interview

  • Sort out your transport the day before. If transport is an issue talk to a Council youth connector; they may be able to help.
  • Clothes: Plan what you are going to wear. You need to look tidy, clean and professional ie; no ripped jeans or shorts. Don’t have any tidy clothes? Contact a youth connector; they may be able to help.
  • Eat something before the interview.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Don’t forget your CV.
  • Arrive at the interview on time.
  • You may need some form of ID: passport/driver’s license, proof of address (ie bank statement), birth certificate, 18+card.
  • Take a pad and pen in case you want to make notes.
  • Have your bank account and IRD number with you.

During the interview

  • Keep calm.
  • Speak clearly and be enthusiastic.
  • Show confidence and stay positive in yourself (avoid negative statements like “I only have … ” “I can only do …”)
  • Dress smart and feel smart.
  • Ask questions (Tip: Have a prepared list of questions to ask the interviewer).
  • Be prepared to answer the top five questions interviewers almost always ask (see below).

After the interview

  • Relax, take a breath – you did it!
  • Keep an eye out – look at your emails and keep you phone so you will get the message if you get the job.

Top 5 interview questions employers often ask

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. What do you know about our organisation?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

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