‘JOBshop’ provides real world interview training

By Nicholas Patrinos, Downtown Campus Editor

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012

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Nicholas Patrinos

You’re Hired! Amanda Mast (R), a recruiter from KMC Stamping spoke with Justin Fletcher, a CNC student during a mock interview at the MATC ‘JOBshop’ in the S-building.

The Downtown campus ‘JOBshop' gave students a unique opportunity to increase their soft skills in mock interview sessions on January 10.

Students were invited to enter into one-on-one interviews with a representative from a major corporation.

The practice sessions help students better understand what is expected and how an interview is conducted. The learning process increases soft skills, according to Michael Kuehnl, Manager JOBshop, Student Employment Services.

Kuehnl said, "the mock interviews were only today Tuesday the 10th. The actual interviews will be held on the January 12, Thursday. Because we are holding the interviews over the break the students were approached the last few days of the fall semester before they left for the break. We continued to take registrations over the break."

Kuehnl also added, "This is a new event that we wanted to see how to put it together and how it would unfold. We are also going to be working with the students in the ViComm program to help develop our website to enrich the employer experience and push most of the registration and such to the website. This will be a class project for the students."

Kuehnl discussed the importance for students to practice their soft skills for interviews. Recruiters from different corporations were on hand to provide this opportunity for MATC students.

The practice sessions give students a chance to experience a real life interview situation, according to Kuehnl. The ‘JOBshop' is located in S-114 next to the conference room as you enter the building.

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