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        BPA Works with the Community

        3/15/2012
        Contributed by Newton High School

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        <br />BPA members prepare for mock interviews
        BPA members prepare for mock interviews

        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. Thankfully, thirty-two 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. “It was good learning how to make our own résumés, and now I feel a lot more comfortable doing this when the time comes that I am applying for a real job,” BPA member Carla Gonzalez said.

        To further the experience, they invited local businessmen and women to help conduct mock interviews owners on October 7. Some of these business personnel included Newton High School principal Ken Rickard, local Verizon Wireless store owner Jeremy Ashby, mayor of North Newton Ron Braun, Career and Technical Education Director Joanelle Lucas, Jill Lachenmayr, Chamber of Commerce Director Jim Schwartzenberger, and Assistant Superintendent Jan Neufeld. This experience was a great practice run for the members and proved to be very beneficial. “I am glad that I know what an interview is like,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of people talk about how nerve-racking interviews can be, but now I know what to expect. It also helped me with one of my events for BPA. I am in Interview Skills and this has given me even more practice so I can do well in my event.”

        32 members participated in mock interviews with local business people - 32 x 1 hour = 32 hours

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