Prepping for an interview is the most important part, even for part-time jobs, as it helps build your confidence and make a positive impression on the employer. Here are a list of typical questions you may be asked during a part-time job interview. To help you get started, we have included tips on how you can respond to the questions.
Why are you interested in this job?
Even though it’s because you are looking for a part-time job so you can focus on other responsibilities or earn extra bucks, NEVER say it’s because you want to work part-time. Make sure you understand the job responsibilities and let the employer know why you want to work for the company and how you think your skills and experience can add value to the job.
What hours / days are you available to work?
Be open and honest about your available hours during the interview. This way you don’t over commit and the employer has clear expectations.
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Would you be flexible with your schedule during the holiday season or peak demand?
Certain industries and jobs require part time employees to be flexible with their schedule during busy periods. If you have extra hours during weekends or the holidays, being flexible with your schedule during those periods will definitely show that you are a good fit for the job. However, if you are certain about your availability during the week and have other responsibilities, it is good to be upfront about it during the interview.
Would you prefer a full time position if it were available?
The Interviewer may be testing you to see if you are interested in the job or would bail out when you find a full time position at another company. In any case, it is good to be honest about your expectations. If this job is a way to get your foot in the front door, let the employer know that you are eager to work in the company and would be open to working full time if there is a vacancy in the future. If you are not sure, let them know that while a part-time job would be best suited at the moment due to other responsibilities you may have, you might be open to it in the future.
How do you handle stress / pressure?
Your interviewer is trying to understand how you would work under pressure during a busy period. It would be best to respond to this question with an example on how you successfully managed a stressful or difficult situation in the past, either at your previous company or school (if you have no work experience). Your response should prove that you are a good problem solver and someone who would work well under pressure.
Describe the pace at which you work?
Make sure you analyze the role so you understand whether the position requires one to be able to work in a fast paced environment (jobs that require you to multi-task) or at a steady, reliable pace (such as care givers). Make sure you talk about your strengths that best match the job description and provide examples, if possible, to back up your answer.
Do you have any questions?
It is always good to have some questions prepared for your interviewer. It will show that you are serious about the job and would like to understand what the job entails. Do not ask the hiring manager about the pay or how much vacation time you would get as you would eventually find out when you get the job offer. You could ask questions about the role, the team you would be working with or the challenges someone would face in this position.