MOUNT VERNON — One important piece in the job-search process is a face-to-face interview with a potential employer, a sometimes nerve-wracking experience. To help its students have a better idea of what to expect in that situation, the Knox County Career Center invited people from area businesses and agencies to conduct mock interviews with senior students on Wednesday.
Counselor Kathie Brown said the students practiced writing resumes in English class and many of the lab instructors also conducted interview practice sessions in advance of the big day.
On interview day, the volunteers were given a list of suggested questions, and a 50-point rating sheet. They evaluated the students on things such as their resume, eye contact, appearance, response to questions and on whether the questions the students asked were relevant. Following the mock interview, the interviewer reviewed the results with each student “job applicant,” giving immediate feedback as to how well he or she performed.