First ever job interview tomorrow afternoon. I haven't worked since DS1 was born 14 yrs ago! I have never had an interview and have absolutely no idea what to expect. It is for a job at small town , local coffee shop. I know the owners because DS2 used to be friends with their DS. I have no experience in shop work or anything tbh other than childcare! I don't know what to expect at all and am terrified!
On the phone she said there were lots of other applicants and her dh is doing the interview.
Dress neat and tidy, be polite and smiley. Keep eye contact and appear confident. Be prepared with an answer for why you are the person for the job (dependable, honest, good with customers etc) and think of an example to back each of these attributes up. Sell yourself and emphasise your skills!
Just noticed you said you have no experience in shop work. You can always say you have experience of being a consumer and you know what standards of service you would expect as a customer (and also what constitutes bad customer service). Turn the negative sides round, iyswim.
If you are nervous, why not try to "rehearse" your answers. There are questions which come up all the time (Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths/weaknesses, why do you want this job...) Also, there might be a few questions like "A customer complains that the coffee taste bad, what do you do?"
If you google retail interview questions, you will find lots of examples with best answers.
If you have no retail experience at all, perhaps you should think about doing some unpaid work to boost your confidence and build up your CV? Volunteer in a charity shop? Take the money for teas at church/school fate? Something to prove you are reliable and can be trusted to handle cash.
Well done for getting the interview and then for getting through it IYKWIM? I can't think of a way to say it without sounding patronising - but after 14 yrs out out the workplace you must have been petrified! I've only been on maternity leave for 3 months and am fretting about the mere possibility of getting an interview for a job I haven't even applied for yet
Thanks for replies. I will look into local charity shop, I know the lady who runs it! I can sort of remember questions asked. And I really was rubbish. Lots of umms and can't think of anything else's! But yes all good experience for future. Need to work out, how it would work out I would be better off, too. Wages were £5.93 ph.