It's that time of year again, when businesses are looking for valuable candidates to add to their team. During the summer, many industries look for temporary employees to float them through their busy seasons.

You might want to hire high school students for summer jobs. Know this: The interview process for these youngsters can be night and day compared with your standard candidate interviews.

Think back to your own glory years. You might remember how uncertain you were of your skill set at that time. Keep these feelings in mind, and conduct a professional interview with a different set of questions.

This isn't the time to pull out your interview tricks and make it stressful. These candidates don't have years of experience, confidence in their skills, or expectations from previous interviews.

The questions asked should have one purpose: to get to know the candidates' interests and strengths so that you can determine if they are a good fit for your temporary employment within your company.

Interview Questions for Teenage Candidates

By asking direct questions, you can get an idea of someone's work ethic and how it could be useful to your team. If you're thinking about hiring a high school student for a temporary job, here are 12 interview questions you should ask:

  1. Are you a member of any clubs or do you play any team sports?
  2. What volunteer experience have you had?
  3. What are your favorite things to do after school?
  4. What does your schedule look like?
  5. Do you have reliable transportation?
  6. Can you give me an example of a time you faced a difficulty in school and how you overcame it?
  7. Have you decided on a college major yet? What is it?
  8. Why did you choose this major?
  9. Would you consider yourself a social butterfly or more of an introvert?
  10. What do you know about the company?
  11. Why should we hire you for this position?
  12. What skills would you like to learn from working for our company?

What Their Answers Will Tell You

While these questions may seem standard, you can draw a plethora of information about your job candidate simply by asking them.

For example, the volunteer experience question is open-ended because we know that most teens must complete volunteer work in order to graduate. However, the type of work that they choose to do and how much time they spend doing it can be telling.

By asking what they know about the company, you can tell their attention to detail and if they cared enough to do a quick Google search. Bonus point for if they dug even deeper to mention some of your core values.

At the end of the day, you're hiring a high school student for a temporary job, so try to make it fun and beneficial to both parties involved. You might be surprised by what someone from a different generation can bring to the table, and just how much they can benefit your team in the long run.

Published on: Jun 20, 2018
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