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Proviso East Students Learn the Ins and Outs of Job Interviews

November 13, 2014 03:25 PM
Lilly Bahena said that she would be a good employee in a job involving customer service.
"I have a lot of experience with customers," the Proviso East High School senior said. "I enjoy working with other people."
The explanation from Lilly, however, came in a mock job interview with Mr. Dean Lodovico, the chairman of the Proviso East special education department, as part of Proviso East’s family and consumer sciences cooperative education program. The mock interviews that took place on October 7 paired students with faculty members at Proviso East to help the students practice answering the questions that are part of a typical job interview.
"Within the course, we’re trying to prepare them for their futures, so we’re having them research careers and then helping them get jobs in the future," said Ms. Patty Heidel, the teacher of the course. "We’re helping them create resumes and cover letters, and giving them practice with interviews so when they go out in the future, it’s easier for them to have that interview and be confident in the interview. Nothing is ever going to be the same, but at least they’ll have a little practice under their belt, which can make them more confident in their future interviews."
Lilly Bahena, who is aspiring for a career in the fashion and beauty industry, said that she appreciated the extra practice in preparing for the job interview.
"I think it’s a perfect way to help students, to see what it will be like in the future," she said. "I know what is going to be coming."
Mateo Williams, a Proviso East senior, discussed the customer service experience that he has gained from his part-time job at White Castle as well as the discipline that he has learned as a member of the Proviso East Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) drill team.
"That was the first interview I really had in having questions asked," said Mateo, who is exploring joining the Army after graduation. "It was great practice for me in learning how to act and show myself in a professional interview."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that projects such as the mock interviews are part of preparing students for life after high school.
"One of our major tasks is helping students be ready to go into a job after they graduate from Proviso East," he said. "By providing ways for them to practice the skills that they will need to make themselves stand out to prospective employers, we are giving them the skills they need to be successful." 


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