Making the Most of Mock Interviews

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Making the Most of Mock Interviews

Senior Terrace Brooks speaks with an interviewer.

Senior Terrace Brooks speaks with an interviewer.

Courtesy of Erin Ray

Senior Terrace Brooks speaks with an interviewer.

Courtesy of Erin Ray

Courtesy of Erin Ray

Senior Terrace Brooks speaks with an interviewer.

Raven Cooper, Senior

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Every year Baltimore County Public Schools seniors get the opportunity to participate in mock interviews. Community members from a variety of businesses, post-secondary schools, and public service positions volunteer to spend two mornings at local high schools interviewing seniors to give them professional experience with the interview process.

At Kenwood, students prepare resumes in their English classes and meet with professionals during the day organized by Erin Ray, chair of school to career programs.

This year’s seniors participated in mock interviews held in the library on March 20 and 21. Everyone always knows when it’s senior mock interview day as seniors throughout the building are dressed professionally and have polished resumes ready to present.

For me, the mock interviews were a great experience and something all seniors should do to prepare for the real world where we must be able to hold an intelligent conversation, have manners, and most importantly, be able to sell ourselves.

After experiencing this great opportunity for myself, I learned a few things that may be helpful to upcoming seniors or any of us as we embark on interviews for our real professional future that is quickly approaching.

  • The best thing for seniors to do is to go into the interview with their mind set on “I got this.” Confidence is key to success in anything, including interviews.
  • The most nerve-racking thing is not knowing who will interview you or what they’re going to ask you. Personally, I believe you have to practice what you’re going to say, but always think about what you are going to say before you say it. Don’t just blurt anything out… that won’t get you the job.
  • The interviewer asks questions about how you handle challenges and how you handle your trouble areas in school. Be honest about it. Tell them what you are truly having trouble with because that shows integrity. Employers like people who are honest and not afraid to ask for help.
  • As for the manners part of the interview — always shake the interviewer’s hand, maintain eye contact, and say thank you. This shows the employer that you want to be there.

The mock interview did cause a lot of people to be nervous, but we needed it. The interviews were a test run for what is happening next in our lives. My advice to upcoming seniors would be to take advantage of the mock interviews. They’re a great opportunity to prepare for the interviews that are around the corner in the real world.

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