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“Mock-R-View” Prepares Future Job Hunters

by Rachel Heston-Davis “Mock-R-View” Prepares Future Job Hunters

If practice makes perfect, tomorrow's GC graduates will be equipped to nail that all-important first job interview.

The Briner School of Business and GC's Career Services co-sponsored an interview practice night on November 2. Each student arrived at the "Mock-R-View" event with resume in hand and a professional demeanor to pretend to interview for a job. GC’s Human Resources Director Katrina Liss reviewed and gave constructive critique on resumes. Ten volunteer-professionals from the "real work world," including GC alumni, conducted realistic interviews and offered students feedback on their performance. Volunteers included Demetrius Bush ‘15, Erica (Siddle) Strittmatter ‘13, Ben Tolly LAMP ‘13, Tessa Harmon ‘15, Ryan Mulholland ‘13, Malvin Hubbard ‘16, Ed McMillan, Tyler Semple ‘13, Jada Hogg ’04 and Julie Wollerman.

"The students received feedback from the interviewers that allowed them to focus on their strengths and improve their weaknesses," explains Alexa Campbell, administrative assistant for the Briner School of Business. This type of feedback gives students a head start for a competitive interview landscape after graduation.

Organizers also arranged professional headshot photos for attendees, appropriate forA practice interview use on networking sites like LinkedIn.

"The Mock-R-View was a great opportunity for our students to enhance their interview skills and to develop connections with alumni and other professionals," says Kelli Pryor, coordinator of career services.

A laid back educational environment presents greater opportunity for critique, reflection and improvement than a high-pressure “real” interview with significant stakes.

"We understand it is hard for students to step out of their comfort zones, so this opportunity created a lighter, fun atmosphere for practice," says Whitney Vitt, student assistant in Career Services.

Campbell and Pryor received much positive feedback on the exercise from students and the volunteers who interviewed them, making the Mock-R-View a success.

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This story was published on November 22, 2016

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