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Getting job interview ideas for the experience — and future

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June 13, 2018

Campaspe Shire Council's Brigid Dullard conducts a mock interview with Echuca College student Tanaya Foley-Steel

COMMUNITY and business representatives volunteered their time to carry out mock job interviews with Echuca College students recently.

The Beacon initiative aimed to give students real life interview experience to prepare them for their first jobs.

The annual event sees students respond to a mock job advertisement and create an application letter and resume before the mock interview.

Students were given a variety of entry level mock jobs to interview for and were encouraged to prepare as they would for a real job.

Beacon Coordinator Cheryl Sweeney said the interviews were a chance for students to hone skills required for the interview process and network with district business people.

‘‘There were plenty of nerves on the day but it’s a great experience for the students,” she said.

“Selling yourself is one of the hardest things to do and that’s what they all did. They also received feedback from their interviewer to help them for the real thing.

‘‘The interviewers were impressed with the calibre of the students.

‘‘We’re extremely thankful for all the community members who gave up their time on the day.’’

Beacon Leader Lily Hindson said she was nervous before the interview but calmed down once it started and her practice kicked in.

“We did a lot of preparation and it paid off and I also practiced in front of the mirror so I wouldn’t be as nervous,” she said.

“The feedback was great as it allowed us to discover our weaknesses for the real thing.

“Mistakes were made and that’s a good thing. That means we will be able to nail it when the real thing comes.”

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