With summer officially here, your community will be full of high school and college students on break and looking for a job. Some will just be searching for steady work so that they can save for the next semester, but others will take this opportunity to prepare for their future career. As you start to sort through applications and resumes, here are eight useful questions to ask during their interview.
1) Tell me about yourself.
This is a great way to start off the discussion and get to know the person in front of you.
2) Why do you want to work here?
Why are they interested in working for you? It can be as simple as they are looking for a job, but it also may be a chance for them to learn more about a certain industry.
3) Tell me about your past work experience.
This will help you get an idea of the type of duties and responsiblities the applicant is familiar with.
4) What are some of your strengths? What are some of your weaknesses?
The answers to these questions aid you in measuring the person’s integrity. It also allows you to evaluate if their strengths and weaknesses would complement the rest of your team.
5) How would you deal with an unhappy customer?
Nearly every entry level job requires an employee to work with customers. See how they deal with a hypothetical situation, and if that would be the way you would resolve a problem.
6) What type of special skills do you possess?
Are they really good in math? Do they know how to organize an Excel spreadsheet? Do they have knowledge of the products and services you offer? There may be a job for them in your store that you think they would accel at.
7) What would you like to learn while you’re here?
Find out what do they want to take away from the position. See if they think employment will help prepare them for their future.
8) What’s your availability?
For a summer job, you want to make sure your employees are going to be available to do the job required of them.
These questions acts as a way for you to get to know the potential employee better. They are designed to give you the best snapshot possible of the person’s personality, work ethic and integrity. Many communities in Massachusetts depend on summer tourism dollars, and it’s up to you and your staff to make sure they feel welcome, and encourage them to return to your store.
Nick Pizzolato is the Marketing Content Manager at Wicked Local Media Solutions. For questions, topics for future blogs, sending facts, or to share your favorite moment from the film “Back to the Future,” email him at email@example.com.