Most of the determinants of youth employment rates are beyond the control of youth programs. An exception: the interview process.
Many youth programs provide tips and practice. How many actually work to improve their participants’ interview success rates? Karen Pittman and researcher Bart Hirsch discussed how youth development and youth employment programs can use input from professional HR interviewers to improve their participants’ chances of nailing the interview. Hirsch deconstructed the interview process, developed tools and trainings for youth professionals and tested their utility with Chicago high school students.
About our Thought Leader
Bart Hirsch is a professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University and author of the groundbreaking new book Job Skills and Minority Youth: New Program Directions. Dr. Hirsch, along with his co-authors Nancy Deutsch and David DuBois, won the 2012 Society for Research on Adolescence social policy book award for his earlier book, After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure.