Students work the kinks out in mock interviews

On March 11, Loras hosted the “You’re Hired!” mock interview competition. Taking place throughout the day in the campus library, this event served as an opportunity for students to experience interview situations and enhance their skills and abilities in the field of interviewing. It was organized by the Center for Experiential Learning and the Loras Student Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Participants are required to be students of Loras College who are not already committed to a job or internship.

Multiple companies volunteered representatives to participate in the event, including Cottingham & Butler, Kendall Hunt Publishing, Express Employment Professionals, Sam’s Club, and Heartland Financial. Students arrived at the library from 3-7 p.m. and met with one of the representatives separately for a mock interview. Every “interview” is designed to cover the basics of the standard interviewing process and also give each student helpful criticisms regarding their impressions and social abilities. The candidates were evaluated in terms of three elements: overall assessment, general categories, and specific behaviors.

Students were divided into teams, and their “scores” on each mock interview were tallied following the event for prizes. Team captains were selected in advance for each group, and were responsible for selecting team members, preparing the team for the competition, and registering members for specific interviews and ensuring their participation.

This year saw 27 student competitors take place in the event, which went smoothly and on schedule. The mock interview competition will return next year and is highly recommended for all students studying fields of business or who simply wish to gain insight into the interview process.

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