The ACU Career Center will be hosting mock interviews for students to attend on September 13, 18, 21 and 25.
Various ACU alumni and Human Resources professionals throughout the Abilene area will conduct the interviews. Professionals from the Hendrick Medical Center and the director of Goodwill are two examples of people that are expected to be in attendance. All interviews will be held at the Career Center on the second floor of the Hunter Welcome Center.
To sign up, one can set up a career link account online through the ACU career center homepage. This account not only helps connect students with employers and ACU alumni, but will also let students schedule an appointment for an interview. Early sign up is encouraged, as only fifty spots are available each day.
The Career Center works to assist students in career exploration, resume building, internship and job searching strategies, networking tactics and much more. Their main goal is to prepare students for fulfilling jobs that also honor God. The mock interviews are one of many ways for students to take advantage of all the resources that the Center has to offer.
The goal of these mock interviews is for students to gain real experience that they will be able to take with them when they are looking for jobs. The Career Center recommends the experience to all students no matter what their age or classification. It is extremely beneficial even for students looking for part time jobs on or off campus.
Jill Fortson, in charge of the interviews, said, “Participating in a mock interview can help reduce interview anxiety by being able to practice with a seasoned Human Resources professional.”
The interviewers will offer the students helpful feedback as well.
Fortson said, “This feedback can boost your confidence about your strengths and allow you to discover and improve on any weaknesses or challenges you might have.”
The mock interviewers will offer students helpful tips for future encounters such as what items to bring to an interview and how to answer typical interview questions. It is advised that students dress to impress.
Jocelyn Nederhoff, senior Ad PR major from Albuquerque, N.M., signed up to attend an interview. Nederhoff said that this opportunity will prepare her for entering the workplace, as her graduation date approaches.
“I am so thankful the Career Center is offering us this opportunity to practice our interview skills,” she said. “In this economy, I want to be as prepared for the job search as I can be.”
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