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Teenagers can be a good fit with your team--if you know what to look for.

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This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ever considered hiring a teenage employee for your business? Start a word-of-mouth search for younger help using friends and teenage children of acquaintances, says Paul Endress, president and CEO of business leadership and communications consulting company Maximum Advantage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Don't know anyone with teenage kids? Endress recommends handing out fliers at high schools, church youth groups and teen hangouts.

During the interview, remember that teenagers have limited experience, says Endress, so they probably can't detail how they handled a work conflict in the past. Instead, ask hypothetical questions and inquire in general terms. For instance, instead of asking, "What is your biggest fear?" you'd ask, "What do you think most people are afraid of?" Says Endress, "Usually when they tell you what they think other people are thinking, they are, in effect, telling you what they think."

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