Mock Interviews Give Seniors Valuable Practice and Feedback

“This is something nearly everyone has to do at some point,” said English teacher Tricia Rickert. “Students had to work on a resume, a reference letter and a cover letter along with doing this interview.”

Thirty-one volunteer interviewers gave up parts of their day to interview students, offer tips and help them feel more comfortable when the time comes for a real job interview. “This is very much real life for them. It gives seniors a chance to see what they can expect when they go to an interview and how to be able to talk with someone about themselves. It’s good for them to have a chance to practice so they do feel more comfortable,” said Robin Walters who works with the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan. 

Senior Xavier Ward said he thought his interview went well. “He said I was very professional and he gave me some good feedback.”

Madeline Pauline said she also got positive feedback that will help her the next time she has an interview. “I just think I’ll feel a little more comfortable talking about myself and being ready to answer questions,” she said.

Mali Holland said she didn’t know what to expect in the interview, but soon learned it wasn’t that difficult. “My interviewer was so cool. She was so nice and really helpful. She gave me some pointers that I can remember for my next interview and I think I’ll just be better prepared. This was definitely very useful.”

Liz Lenz with Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force was another one of the interviewers who has been coming to this event every year. “This is just good practice for these students. They are in a safe place and it gives them an opportunity to get some feedback, feel more comfortable and know what they can work on for their next interview. I think it helps them be less afraid and a little more comfortable and confident talking about themselves. Practice is always a good thing,” she said.