Excluding cutting neighbors lawns and paper routes, what was you first job? How did you get it? How old were you? I sold lawn mowers at Sears at 16 after school and on weekends. It was either lawn mowers or the shoe department. I chose the garden shop because I didn't have to get dressed up in a tie to work there. I believe the interview consisted of an aptitude test (simple math mostly) and a brief talk with the HR lady. I guess you can't be picky when you pay minimum wage so I was hired. After 2 years of that I knew what I didn't want to do after high school even with the 10% employee discount on clothes.