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Community business personnel hold mock interviews for business students

15 March 2017

Business men and women from the Pratt area came to Pratt Community College to help students gain experience with resume building and interviewing skills.

On Mar. 1, 18 Business Communications students attended mock interviews coordinated by PCC business instructor, Jennifer Wahrman. The goal of the exercise is to prepare students by creating a resume and cover letter, applying for jobs and having a successful interview. After successfully completing the interviews the students would gain an evaluation with constructive criticism on how they can improve.

Wahrman coordinated for members of the Pratt business community to facilitate mock interview and give the evaluation of students. Interviewers consisted of Alan Hanson, Hanson & Jorns, LLC, Lynn Loftus, Edward Jones Financial, Caroline Phelps, High Plains Farm Credit, Kerry VonSchriltz, The Peoples Bank, Scott Smith, The Peoples Bank and Kelly Richardson, TR Services.

PCC student Ryan Seidel from Clark, MO said that he found the exercise very valuable.

“It was awesome receiving feedback on my resume, cover letter, and how I was in my interview,” said Seidel. “I will use the feedback which I received to make improvements to my resume and cover letter. I also found the experience to be great being able to feel how nervous I would be during a real interview and how to not feel as nervous for future interviews.”

Wahrman says that the feedback from the students as well as the volunteer interviewers was positive.

“We definitely want to continue this project next year,” said Wahrman. “The students are learning what it takes to not only land an interview but also be able to articulate in that interview their skills and why they deserve the job they are applying for.”

Wahrman and the Business Communications class would like to thank the six community members who volunteered their time to help with the mock interviews.

PCC’s Accounting and Business department enables students to complete an Associate in Science degree in accounting or business administration and transfer to a four-year college or to get an Associates of Applied Science in Office Administrative Assistance and go straight into the work force. The curriculum consists of a general education core with specific courses in business, accounting, economics and computers. For more information contact, Carol Ricke at carolr@prattcc.edu.