Rotary Club Mock Interviews

Posted on 11/25/2019
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In keeping a tradition of several years, on November 20th and November 21st, members of the Granville Rotary Club, augmented by both Granville and Pawlet neighbors, conducted mock interviews with 50 Granville High School seniors. On behalf of the school, the scheduling of the event was coordinated by teacher Marc Lambert as a component of his English/Senior Seminar courses.  Steve Williams managed the logistics from the Rotary’s end, securing interviewers and overseeing the entire process. Students enrolled in Lambert’s College Preparatory English classes, the Workforce English class co-taught by Brian Hanlon and Lambert, and Dave Cosey’s Organization of American States (OAS) class all participated and benefitted from the interview process.

The interviews closely follow a format developed by Granville’s Rotary Club sister club in North Wales, Wrexham Erdigg. The format is comprised of the  students’ presentation of their biographical data and their response to a series of questions regarding their interests (academic, sporting, and work) and other life experiences outside of school. Additional emphasis is placed on their goals  and plans for further education and/or job training. Students subsequently sit next to their interviewers who, with student input, complete an assessment sheet which the student then keeps as a reminder for future real life interviews, whether college or job related.

Besides students’ abilities to understand and accurately respond to questions, they are also assessed on such matters as personal neatness, ease of manner in talking to previously unknown adults, and eye contact. 

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In conclusion, students are presented with a short brochure entitled “For Your Next Interview.”

Granville’s Senior Seminar program is designed to effectively prepare students for their futures, largely by focusing on college and career readiness.  Given the extent to which interviews are a prevalent aspect of both the college admissions and employment search processes, the practical value of this program is significant.  “The Rotary Mock Interviews provide students with the opportunity to hone their interview skills in a low pressure environment, and to benefit from the valuable feedback provided by many accomplished members of our community.  We are very appreciative of this partnership with the Rotary and the willingness of the interviewers to donate their time to help our students by providing personal interviews and honest feedback,” stated Lambert.

Again, as has been the case since the program’s inception, members of the senior class were quick to laud the mock interview program.  Brendan Printy commented, “Mrs. Davies was very helpful in providing feedback regarding what I should work on for future interviews. I found her very kind, patient, and supportive.” Brooke Makepeace echoed this sentiment, commenting, “Mr. (John) Manchester emphasized the importance of smiling and maintaining eye contact, even when you may be nervous. Overall, my interview was very enjoyable and informative.”

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Granville Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International which is dedicated to service not only in the immediate locale of its member clubs, but also in projects of an international nature.