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As a customary part of graduation, seniors at Red Lion Area Senior High School are required to take part in a mock job interview every fall. Students planning on graduating in the spring are expected to create an imitation cover letter and resume, preparing themselves for a pseudo interview.
Similar to real life interviews, these mock interviews can bring about numerous bouts of stress and anxiety. Students go into the interviews with shaky legs, sweaty palms and racing minds, however they come out with big smiles and broader horizons.
The mock interviews are aimed towards preparing high school seniors for all aspects of job hunting in which they will encounter in the future. They must prepare themselves as if they were truly preparing for a real job interview, right down to the high heels and ties.
“I feel that it is good for people that haven’t interviewed before for a real life job,” senior Hank Shultz said. “It just helps them experience what it’s like and helps them to move forward in life.”
In addition to shedding some light on the unknowns of job hunting, these interviews also help students discover what career paths may best suit them. Many go into the meeting with ideas as to what they would like to do for a profession, where the experienced interviewers offer guidance to the aspiring job seekers.
Students are shown the world of careers that they can chose from in each field of interest, and just how they can obtain them through their interviews and skills that they develop throughout the learning process.
All in all, while they might be a source of stress for some, most students can agree that they do get a lot out of the mock job interviews.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to realize our weaknesses and strengths in an interview and I think it’s a great opportunity to learn,” senior Micah Bodisch said. “We’re not going to have a lot of these opportunities in the future. Maybe in a real interview we might fail, but here we have an opportunity again, to learn and to strive for that excellent interview.”