In mid-November, Corban University holds its ninth annual Mock Interview Day, a time where business professionals and community volunteers conduct extensive mock interviews for more than 80 Corban students from the Hoff School of Business. This is a unique opportunity for Corban students to practice their interviewing skills in a real-world environment, as well as receive constructive criticism to help them with their future career searches.
For many students, like freshman business major, Layla Wood, the process came with a lot of nerves. “I’ve been in interviews for jobs before and they’ve been about twenty minutes max,” she said. “It’s a full 45 minutes, so it’s the real deal. I’m excited to interact with real pros and see how I do with high stakes.
Due to the ninth year the event was held, several interviewees went through the same mock interviews themselves when they were students of Corban, to see their full experience. “I loved interacting with the students because I was one of them,” said Amy Jordan, tax manager at local firm, Doty, Pruett, Wilson. “I remember what it was like. I often wish I had the confidence that I have now when I was back in college, so being able to give back and interview these students, it was like those first awkward interviews.” lets them out in front of a party who wants to help them reform.
Interviewer Rachel Poot could identify immediately with this year’s crop of interviewers, having been an interviewee only last year. Now an account manager at Skyline Video Productions, she credits her recent career success to events like Corban’s mock interview day. “It’s definitely a big shift from interviewer to interviewer,” she said, “but it’s nice to see these students learning through the process and really developing their skills and becoming better at interviewing so that they really so they can get the jobs they want.”
After each mock interview session, students were given dedicated time to seek feedback from industry professionals and ask career related questions. Experiences are often the ones that shape the future. “It was more challenging than I thought it would be, which is great, because it means I’ve learned something,” said Christopher Nobles, senior business head. “I’m excited to take my notes away from this and be better. One of the interviewers encouraged me to be very real in an interview and to be specific about who I am as a person. , to avoid clichés and to be obsessive myself.
After finishing her self-interview, freshman Layla Wood was surprised to find that her nervousness had subsided, and her response was encouraging. “My interviewer said I came across as confident, which was not how I felt going in,” she said. “Now that I know that if I can just take a deep breath, and almost tell myself that I am confident, I am able to come out feeling confident, I now feel that I I can do this and keep it going.” future job interviews.
Over the years, as the event has grown, it has become a favorite of Corben students and local business professionals alike. “This event is very special to me, and it seems to keep growing every year, and I love it,” said local professional David Martinmas. “I look forward to it every year. I look forward to coming back to Corbon University because it feels like home. I am really impressed by the maturity of the students who come here and how seriously they take it.
After the interviews ended, a stream of future professionals merged with current business leaders, who joined together for a luncheon in the Hymn Center. With the event’s ninth iteration in the books, interviewer and speaker, Jonathan Booth traded enduring emotions around the room, each veteran with his own unique piece of career advice. He said, ‘It is a pleasure to be here. “I can’t tell you how well Corban pays us. No money changes hands, but I can honestly tell you that everyone we interview comes out so much richer. You students automatically may just look at us as attending a mock interview, but I honestly see it as much more. We hand over the baton, and what we do is to try and help you be the light of the world. Let us help you prepare.