A Lot to Offer Barrington Students Learn Self-Examination Key to Interviewing
O'Brien, Bill, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Dress, posture, eye contact, ability to communicate: They're not exactly the traits that some high school students have at the top of their list.
But these and other characteristics are exactly some of the things that guidance counselors and career mentors at Barrington High School have in mind for their students.
About 270 students enrolled in consumer education classes participated this month in mock job interviews designed to give them experience in getting a job when they bravely enter the work force.
"We see this as life skills, and that's what consumer education is," said Jill Fearday, a guidance counselor and teacher in the school's work program. "No matter what job you have in life, you will always have to interview."
The students participated in the second annual mock interview day, an event attended by representatives from about 15 area businesses who agreed to interview the students one-on-one and to give them tips on interview techniques.
While for most of the students the interviews didn't count, the sessions last year were known to lead to employment for a few of the students who were hired for internships and other part-time jobs.
Still, most students seemed to take the interviews seriously because they know that an interview just like this one would someday count, said Diane Myers, one of the high school's career mentors. …