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Soft Skills on Display at Mock Interviews

Dec 30, 2013

Students at the Danville, Virginia Campus recently had the unique opportunity to participate in mock interviews with various community business leaders. The mock interviews are used as a tool to help improve the students’ interviewing skills and this process is an essential component of the students’ job search. “The majority of students never practice their interview techniques before the actual job interview,” stated career center director Rhonda Pass. “Lack of practice can make interviewing stressful and challenging.”

The mock interviews were for upcoming graduates and any student needing to sharpen his or her interviewing skills. Students prepared cover letters, résumés, and JIST cards (which means “job information seeking and training” and is a combination of a résumé and a business card that contains enough information to interest potential employers in contacting applicants for a copy of your full résumé and an interview).  The students also dressed professionally to meet with community business leaders such as the Danville Regional Medical Center, the City of Danville, Karen’s Hallmark, Dan Valley Foods, Unique Industries, Wells Fargo, Mary Kay, and Dr. Boshra Zachary’s office.

Each interview ran smoothly with student evaluation forms being completed by the business leaders. The interviewers suggested improvements the students could make and most requested a second interview with the student for the purpose of measuring improvements.

Barry Hammock, a business administration management graduate, said he enjoyed the experience and wasn’t nervous at all.  Barry aced his mock interview and received positive comments on his résumé.

(A)-Mary Kay Consultants, Sharon Lee (l) and KeShonna Robertson (center) interview graduate Barry Hammock (right).

(B)-City of Danville HR consultant Felicia King (l) tells student Joseph Groom (r), “I would hire you!”

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