|Students show off skills in mock interviews|
|Thursday, 13 May 2010 17:15|
Clement Howell High School was transformed into a corporate business community Friday, May 7, when fifth form students stepped into simulated interviews, complete with business attire.
As part of preparations for graduation and their eventual steps into the real business world, students were offered training two weeks prior to the event by human resource expert Bridgette Thomas and were given the opportunity to put the newly learned skills to practice. Thomas prepared the students with a seminar on interview tactics, resume preparation, appropriate attire and general business demeanor.
Twenty members from the local business community participated in the mock interviews Friday, where students came prepared with their resumes in hand, ready to impress.
Fifth form student and Head Boy, Samuel Dormeus, impeccably dressed and ready for the real world, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it prepared him for what he might expect in a real interview. “It really simulated a real live interview,” he said. “It brought about all the feelings you would have in a real interview.”
For some students, who had never had an interview before, there were feelings of fear.
“I was so nervous I was stuttering and could not look the interviewer in the eye,” said Katia Cadet. “But I know now I will do better next time, because from this experience I will know what to expect.”
This sentiment is exactly what Guidance Counselor Chad LeVel hoped would be the outcome of the experience.
“We are preparing them for success in their careers and professions,” he explained. The annual event attempts to coach, refresh and enhance the skills of the students before they go out into their profession.
Each student was given the chance to partake in several interviews with different members of the community. They were then given feedback on their performance. The interviewers also filled out evaluation forms on each student, which the school and teachers will use as development tools to help prepare the students for the future.
LeVel said with the help of Thomas and the 20 community members who volunteered their time to conduct the actual interviews, they are able to zero in on the shortcomings of the students and help them improve. “This exercise will help them to know which areas they need to work on,” he said.
Pastor Pedro Williams, who conducted several of the interviews, said he was impressed by the confidence of many of the students. However, there were several who were unable to understand simple questions. Williams believes this is a great experience for the students, to help them get over their initial nervousness and be more prepared when they are faced with real interviews in the future.
Some students were so impressive to local Beaches Resort Human Resource Director Jameka Williams that she plans to offer them positions in Beaches paid summer internship program.
Education Officer Louise Garland-Thomas was dually impressed with how well the students were prepared. “Especially their dress and how poised and articulate they were,” she said. She also noted how proud she was that the students knew what they wanted out of life.
“It was a very worthwhile exercise,” she said, “for the students as well as the teachers.”
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