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Interview Tips
Dressing for Success:

Whether you are meeting with the manager, of simply walking in to ask for an application, dress professionally. It is imperative to make a great first impression. 

Interview Tips:
  • Arrive and “Check in” 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview. Bring 3-4 copies of your resume; 
  • Introduce yourself to the receptionist and let them know you are... “here for a job interview with Mrs. Smith,” then take a seat and wait quietly;
  • Do not text or play on your cellphone, keep it out of sight; 
  • Make sure your phone is on silent mode. Vibrate is not good enough. Sometimes a phone will be turned on by accident and buzz while it turns on. Put it on silent. Or just leave it in the car;
  • When you are approached by the interviewer, stand to greet the interviewer with your winning smile, make eye contact and shake hands.
The Handshake:
  • Aim, connect shake, and make eye contact;
  • Grip should be firm, not limp;
  • Shake hands, not fingers (like a princess).  Professional women will not be offended;
  • This is not the time for high fives, fist bump, etc.
  • Shake firm, but don’t break bones! 
  • Stop before you hear a crunch!

The Interview:
  • Speak loud and clear;
  • Keep answers brief and straight to the point;
  • Speak proper English;
  • Practice talking without saying “like” or “umm”;
  • Tie all of your answers back to the job for which you are interviewing.  This works wonders!
Tell a story:
A story is like giving the evidence or proof to your statements. You may say you are a “leader,” but can you give a real life example? Stories are remembered. When your stories are remembered, you are remembered, and they will remember who to call for the job.

Book your mock interview today: email us at iYES@cityofirvine.org or call us at 949-724-6741.


Our office is open by appointment only,
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Please call or email us to schedule an appointment.

Youth Employment & Programs Office
14351 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604