Career services offers another opportunity for students

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Written by: Samantha Burgess, Campus editor 

Mock Interview Day, hosted by Career services on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., allows students to overcome the awkwardness of interviews by practicing job skills.

The mock interviews are either one-on-one or what is called a “hot seat” interview held in front of three people and lasting an hour. Bryan faculty and outside recruiters will lead the interviews. Recruiters include Walden Security, Northwestern Mutual, Robinson Manufacturing and Farm Bureau Insurance (“hot seat” interview).

Students interested in filling an interview slot should send Luke Morris their resume, their preferred career field and their availability by Monday at noon.

“At the very least, students will learn more about the interview process,” says Luke Morris, Director of Career Services. “At the most, a student could go into an interview with a recruiter or faculty member and end up with a job.”

Maggie Brown, a 2015 Bryan alumni, attended Mock Interview Day in 2014. Her interview was for Bluefield College by Joshua Hood. Hood said Brown was impressive and encouraged her to get to know the admissions staff. A few months later, an admissions counselor left and Hood told Brown she was a great fit for the job. Within a few interviews, Hood hired her.

Brown advised to research your company. “It’s very impressive to come in knowing what the company stands for and what kind of person they want to hire,” said Brown. “Be honest if you fit the mold and explain how you as an individual will rock that position.

Shania Rogers, senior student body president, helped with Mock Interview Day in 2016. Rogers said feedback was positive and students left an impression on interviewers.

“Interview skills are crucial to have,” says Rodgers. “There is so much more involved in an interview besides talking to a potential employer.”

Students should make sure to dress according to the job interview. Morris recommends that men wear a suit and women a pantsuit or a nice skirt and blouse.

“Even if your mock interview is for a career you’re not interested in, you should still present yourself well,” says Morris. “You’re representing yourself and the rest of Bryan.”

Samantha Burgess is a sophomore majoring in communication with an emphasis in digital media. She is assistant editor over campus life and events. When she’s not doing homework, Samantha can often be found curled up with a good book, writing, listening to music, or watching TV.