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        To promote citizenship in the NHS chapter, Business Technology coordinator Melinda Rangel, contacted local business people to conduct mock interviews with students during a career development unit. A basic step for any career in business is the interview process. The interviewee needs to be confident and create a good impression on their potential employer, and for many this can be very nerve-racking. "It was really helpful for us to gain the knowledge of how the interview process works. I spent days preparing because I was so nervous," said Newton BPA secretary Katie Brenneman. Thankfully, twelve BPA students at Newton High School are well equipped for this seemingly intense step in the workforce.

        BPA members in Melinda Rangel’s Business Technology class participated in mock interviews as an assignment. Students were required to build a résumé and cover letter that would help make them more professional and to help sell themselves to potential employers. Not only did this give the students practice creating a résumé, but it also gave them a head start if they were searching for an actual job.

        To further the experience, they invited local businessmen and women to help conduct mock interviews owners on October 9. Some of these business personnel included Newton High School superintendent, Deborah Hamm, and HR director Mellissa Koehn and Director of Instructional Services Sheila Wendling. This experience was a great practice run for the members and proved to be very beneficial. "My BPA event was Advanced Interview Skills so this was a great practice run for me. It helped me figure out what I needed to work on and prepare me for my career for the future," Kansas BPA President Colton Aarstad said.

        After the students all finished their interview, each one wrote a professional thank you letter to the person they interviewed with. Students learned that this is a key step to do after every interview to show appreciation and effort to their possible employer.

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        12 members participated in mock interviews with local business people - 12 x 1 hour = 12 hours

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