Students ex-CEL at mock interview competition

Photo contributed. The first place team of Emma Cooke, Ervin Yahr III, Lauren Bainter and Kaitlyn Fogarty pose for a photo.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, a record 69 students attended the Center for Experiental Learning’s (CEL) mock interview competition. This event, designed to give students interview experience without the pressures of the “real world.” 16 different employers throughout the Dubuque area came and interviewed students. These ranged from different retail outlets to the different publishing companies. Sedgwick Claims Management Services served as the corporate sponsor for the event.

Students signed up with teams of four. Several different sports teams and organizations were represented in this competition.

“I think a strength of the students was their professionalism and involvement in activies beyond school,” Casey Schmidt, early talent recruiting leader of Heartland Financial Corporation said.

The chance to practice their interviews and network with the different organizations of the community were not the only incentive to participate. Several different prizes were awarded to those who not only were the top three of the overall competition, but also to different categories such as top MOI section and top student club.

This event was a huge success in the eyes of those who were involved. Many are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

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