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Interviewing for summer jobs

Getting one of those first jobs

Amelia Conti and Olivia Ellison
May 22, 2017

It's almost summer, and that means there are lots of companies looking to hire seasonal workers. Whether you’re looking for a job to build your resume or you’re working to contribute to your college fund, you’ll gain great skills for the rest of your life.

So what should you expect once you’ve applied and been called in for an interview?

Do your research.

Before you even walk into the interview, do a little homework. Know what the company is about and picture yourself working there (does it feel like a good fit from the start?). Learn everything you can about the company and the position so that you’re better prepared to walk into the interview and ace it.

Communicate professionally. 

It may seem easy to respond to an email from a future employer with a casual tone, especially if their last message says “Sent from my iPhone,” but formality is key. Grammar counts whether you're texting, emailing or creating your resume. If you are very serious about this position, have someone proofread your text messages or emails before you send them.

Dress to impress.

The easiest way to be written off as a candidate is by making a poor first impression. Even if the job you’re applying for is fairly casual, dress professionally. Don’t give your future employer the impression you lack respect. A professional appearance shows you’re serious about the position. When in doubt, overdressed is always better than underdressed.

For more on making the most of your summer job, check out this article.

Amelia Conti

is studying Special Education at UNC with a minor in American Sign Language. She is a part of the North Hall Community Council as well as the National Residence Hall Honorary. She spends her free time volunteering for a Sled Hockey team for kids with disabilities. She also enjoys photography and graphic design.

Olivia Ellison

is studying Exercise Science at UNC and plans to go on to earn her Ph.D. in Public Health. In the meantime, she spends time in the Biomechanics lab, participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, answers her friends' requests for advice and goes about 100 miles per hour!