Lifestyle | What You Should Know Before Applying for Your First Job

Hey guys!

Guess who’s employed. Yep, you guessed it! Your girl got a job and honestly couldn’t be happier. I landed my dream ‘teenage’ job as of yesterday. I’ve wanted to work for Chick-Fil-A since I was about eight or nine… (whenever I discovered they hire teens, really) and here I am now, working for them!

However, before I get sidetracked (I could go on and on about them), the goal of this post is to ease some of your nervousness and/or misgivings about getting your first job. No matter where you apply!

I think it’s safe to say any first time thing is nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be. In all honesty, it’s nerve-racking– take it from a naturally shy person…

Fill out your application COMPLETELY

I learned in my researching, before and through, the process of getting this job that many people fail to complete their application. That’s a big deal. Especially since the employer will 9/10 skip over you without reading your application if it’s incomplete.

Being thorough shows your potential employer that you have patience, outside of what else they learn about your character.

A side note for filling out your application: choose one extreme or another when asked questions like “Working with team members is stressful”. Either put I agree or I disagree. It shows that you’re decisive.

Know your stuff

They may or may not ask you what you know about the establishment but always read up on the facts anyway. Just in case.

I researched a LOT when applying for this job and waiting for my interviews. (It helped that I knew a considerable amount about them to begin with. Given that my family believes wholeheartedly in eating there, and I was born in the same town as Chick-Fil-A!)

Don’t hesitate to learn things about how they do things as well. Not solely just their history, and when questioned, stay relaxed. You want to sound as if this company is you friend, not like you’re simply spouting off what you read. They’re looking to see how well you would represent them. Therefore you want to sound as if you know these things by heart.

Google common questions that establishment asks

It’s pretty easy to find job sites where other people have mentioned what their experiences were like, what questions they were asked and so forth. Websites like Indeed, Glassdoor and Snagajob are good places to start.

This is just to get you familiar with what questions you may be asked. Which is beneficial for formulating what you will say ahead of time. Doing this research will help cut down on nervousness!

Smile, smile, smile!!!

No one has ever not gotten a job for being too happy to work there. I’m fairly certain. Your interviewers are people and they respond positively to positive people too! If you don’t appear happy, it’ll be harder for them to believe that you’ll treat customers properly. Versus showing them that you’re friendly to everybody. After all, if you get hired, they’ll be your boss. Let’s start off on their good side, right?

Which brings me to my next subpoint.

Be polite

I saw someone say this while I was reading and its too true not to mention. When you go in to get your application, turn it in, or have your interview, BE NICE to the people working there. These are your future coworkers— should you get the job.

Remember your interviewers’ names. Once your interview is over, thank them for their time.

Interact with them. When they ask you a question, answer and accompany it with a brief explanation of why. These are people. People can’t resist kind, warm, engaging people.

Second interviews aren’t bad

After my first interview, the lady that interviewed me promptly asked if I was available the next day for a second interview. I’m not sure what I expected but it made me slightly worried. Did they not like me? Were they giving me a second chance to try for this job? Was I one of many candidates and they were trying to see who they liked best?

To my great relief it was the opposite! The hiring and store manager liked me, therefore I was to meet with presumably the shift manager. Who asked me a few questions from the day before. However, she proceeded to offer me the job and get my uniform size. Also informing me of what was next!

Do you work as a teen? Do you have a specific place you want to work? What are your job goals?

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