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Students see real world through mock interviews

Some 400 juniors and seniors took part in Locust Grove High School’s Second Annual Mock Job Interview Fair, held this month in the school’s media center.

The fair gives students the opportunity to meet with a business person within the community and experience a 15-to 20-minute mock interview, according to Locust Grove Media Specialist DeDee Bowen. It is sponsored by the school’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Program.

“Although only juniors and seniors participated in the fair, all students completed instructional activities in their CTAE classes related to the employment process,” said Bowen.

Bowen noted that the interview fair gave students a chance to experience a part of what the real-world workforce is like. It included: students completing job applications, resumes, cover letters, and dressing in business attire. Students also were asked to hone their interpersonal skills for the fair.

The interview experience was the culminating activity in an academic unit on the job-search process. The fair was planned and coordinated by Locust Grove’s Work-Based Learning Instructional Leader Diana Marquez.

High schools throughout Henry County are sponsoring similar mock-interview fairs this fall. Union Grove High plans to host its Ninth Annual Job Interview Fair for all of its CTAE students in November.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to all of our students and to have representatives from business, industry, and education, help us with this powerful venture,” said Debbie Peabody, Union Grove’s CTAE Department chairperson.

Union Grove’s fair is scheduled for Nov. 15, through Nov. 19. It will be held in the school’s media center daily, from 8:30 a.m., until 3:30 p.m.

“Our goal is that students have a generic interview with someone from the business community that they do not know,” Peabody said. “The student will arrive with a resume and a completed application, meet with the interviewers for a 10-to 20-minute interview, and stay for a five-minute critique by the interviewer.”

Schools, including Union Grove, are searching for volunteer interviewers from the business and education community to take part in their interview fairs. Those who are interested are encouraged to contact their local school to learn what it may be doing.