By Helen Zeidman
Senior year of high school may seem to be full of freedom, but that luxury comes at the price of more responsibility. For example, without proper preparation, the required mock job interview can throw a curve in senior year.
Beginning on Nov. 9, seniors will arrive to school in blazers, ties, and pantyhose to look their best for the simulation. Over a span of three days, 368 seniors will present cover letters, resumes, and interview techniques to professionals from all fields.
Mrs. Kimberly Morris, the career awareness coordinator at Red Lion Area Senior High School who is in charge of the event, has been preparing students to exercise their life skills. Recently, Mrs. Morris has spent her days guiding students to perfection, or at least as close as they can get with a cover letter and resume.
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Nov. 13, 14, and 15, students of the graduating senior class took finals steps to complete their final graduation project. For those three consecutive days, seniors were excused 20 minutes from one of their first three periods for their mock job interview.
Mrs. Kimberly Morris, business teacher and Career Awareness Coordinator, has been overseeing and coordinating the event for the past three years, including this one. “I see an extremely strong connection between school and employment,” Morris said. “Students will still stop along the way at college or a trade/technical school and so on, but eventually everyone winds up in the workplace.”
Seniors began developing cover letters and resumes in their respective English classes several weeks before the interviews took place. Students were interviewed by representatives from local organizations including Kinsley Construction, Cintas, and Johnson Controls in the high school library.
Morris, along with English teachers challenged students by requiring their cover letters and resumes be “perfect” in their design and to take the mock job interviews more seriously.
“People may say I’m mean,” Morris said in a chuckle. On a more serious note, her expression changed. “Ultimately, however, I want the students’ success.”
The evaluations seem to have pointed to just that. Morris says evaluation sheets she saw labeled the seniors as more positive and more mature than in past years. A lot of the sheets reflected an impressive dress code as well.
“I wouldn’t say they’re [students] mature when I’m on lunch duty, there they are students having fun with their friends, but when everyone came to the library they knew what was expected and they did it. The ‘employers’ had nothing but good things to say about our students.”