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The Final Touch: Students Prepare for the Job Hunt

Published on December 2, 2013 by Scott Rudeen

Students enroll at Broadview University-Layton to gain an education in their chosen career field. They excitedly attend classes as they learn the technical skills to do the job. Students are prepared to enter the workforce, but there is more to getting a job than having the right skill set.

One of the final classes students take before they graduate is Career Capstone. This class prepares students for their job search. For anyone who has searched for a job before, you know it can be a full-time job itself. Students are taught how to write a resume, how to answer interview questions, how to dress to impress in addition to networking skills. A key component of the class is mock interviews. I interviewed instructor, Rachel Baxter, director of career services at Broadview University, on the topic of mock interviews.

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Rachel Baxter, director of career services at Broadview University-Layton

What is the mock interview?

The mock interview is a great way to practice for a real job interview. The student or recent graduate comes to the mock interview prepared in full professional dress, just as they would a normal interview. They bring with them their professional portfolio and answer questions that are similar to questions that could be potentially asked in the real interview.

Why is the mock interview beneficial? 

It is beneficial because it gives the student or recent graduate an idea of how to strengthen their answers and questions, body language, and voice inflection.

Who participated? 

All students at Broadview University are required to participate in a mock interview when they take the Career Capstone class at the end of their program.

What stood out during the interviews?

The lack of proper preparation for the interview stands out the most. A successful interview takes practice. Those who didn’t practice lacked in the following areas: professional dress, little knowledge on how to fully answer the question being asked, not being aware of how their body language and non-verbal communication are being perceived by the interviewer—are they fidgeting, where are their eyes going, what are their hands doing, are they twirling in their chair, etc.

What advice would you give students for interviews?

Come prepared! Dress professionally, bring your professional portfolio, and always answer the questions to the best of your ability. Have confidence in yourself and your skill sets. Remember—they brought you in for an interview for a reason. Show them what that reason is.

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