Interviewing for the Future

As students prepare for their futures, one of the skills that they need to master is the interview.  The interview can open the door to new opportunities whether for a summer job, college admission, scholarships or future career.  Forty-eight twelfth graders in Mrs. Jeanette DiBernardo’s Senior Seminar class had the chance to participate in an Interviewing and Soft Skills Clinic with Tim McDonough, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing at Moen, and  Danielle Hart, Human Resources at Moen, before each having a 10-15 minute interview with one of 10 local Human Resource professionals.  Advice offered in the clinic included creating and showcasing your Personal Brand by:

  • Preparing (research the company and interviewer)
  • Mastering the first impression (firm handshake, direct look in the eyes)
  • Dressing the part
  • Preparing your 30 second elevator speech
  • Giving examples
  • Displaying your unique personality
  • Being prepared to ask questions
  • Being memorable
  • Following up immediately (personal notes make an impact)

For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to have a formal interview.  Grace Cannon said, “It was not as intimidating as I was expecting. By smiling and being genuine, I felt successful and appreciated the feedback that was shared with me.  A good tip was the importance of following up with a personal note, not just an email to stand out from others.” While daunting at first, it was a great introduction to a skill that all students need in the future.  Kenston recognizes the importance of Soft Skills and College and Career Readiness as we work to incorporate more career connections in the school day.

Click here to view a recap video of the students’ experience