Virtual interviews test professional skills

Eighth grade students at Waynesville Middle School participate in mock interviews conducted virtually by area professionals. The activity was part of a unit focused on the importance of preparation and development of professional skills. (Courtesy photo)

Eighth grade students in family and consumer science classes recently had the opportunity to practice their job search skills in mock virtual interviews.

Professional volunteers in the fields of law, air transport and finance helped make the activity possible by conducting one-on-one interviews on virtual meeting platforms.

Each student was asked about a potential career of interest that they had sought as part of a career-focused study unit.

Previously, as part of the unit, students discussed what makes a good employee, career trends and market value, and specific skills employers are looking for in the 21st century job market. They also conducted research projects that examined and identified a wide variety of careers.

The final phase of the unit included discussions on writing a cover letter, parts of a resume, writing a resume, and analyzing and practicing appropriate interview behaviors. , such as asking and answering questions, body language and professional appearance.

(Editor’s Note: Information provided by the Waynesville R-VI Communications and Marketing Office.)

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