Every January and May, students in the Advanced Communication Skills (ACS) classes participate in the Mock Job Interview Program and learn an important life skill--how to appropriately conduct themselves during an interview with a potential employer, a college admissions officer, or other adults in everyday situations.
Over the course of four days, nearly 200 students work to develop and practice valuable real-world skills including how to:
- Present a resume
- Make good eye contact
- Give a firm handshake
- Dress appropriately
- Use positive body language
- Respond appropriately to common questions, and
- Close an interview with a thoughtful closing comment or intelligent question
Each student's training and preparation culminates on the last day in a one-on-one mock interview for a fictitious part-time job.
A program of this scope and level of individualized feedback is made possible only because many community volunteers agree to contribute a couple hours of time. Our past volunteers have been uniformly positive about this experience both for themselves and for the students. In fact, some of our volunteers recognize the extraordinary value of this program and return year after year, even after their children are no longer in the school. Volunteers have the opportunity to add depth to this program by sharing knowledge as established or retired business men and women of our community.