Tag: Junior Interviews

Juniors Suit Up for Practice Interviews

Words: Maddie Wirebach

Photos: Harshitha Sayini

For weeks, juniors have been preparing for a rite of passage: junior interviews. Every year the junior class drafts resumes and dresses up for the mock interviews, a requirement to graduate, in order to prepare for real life interview situations. Originally, the interviews were supposed to be during the last week of March, however due to snow days, they took place this week on April 9 and 10.

The interviewers, typically various community members, sit down with each student and ask them interview-style questions. These questions range from goals and aspirations to favorite books or movies.

During the interview, the interviewer records notes on a feedback paper which is later handed back to the student. The paper covers criteria such as eye contact, sociability, and the quality of the resume.

Many students go into the interviews nervous, so the sense of relief once finished is like no other. To all future juniors: a firm handshake and a smile goes a long way!

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Junior Interviews

Words: Lisa Kerr

Photos: Zach Grable

On April 4 and 5, juniors tied their ties, slipped on their heels, and got ready for Centennial’s Junior Interviews. In addition to being a graduation requirement, students also believed the interviews helped them in other ways.

Confident in her performance, Chelsea Ofori stated, “After preparing previously, I found the interview not too difficult. I felt as if I didn’t have to act like I knew what to say, it just flowed naturally.”

While Ofori and many juniors prepared far in advance, there were also some juniors who felt they could have done more.

Tamara Dowding said, “Although I wasn’t as prepared as I’d hoped, I still feel like the experience helped to get me ready for college interviews next year.”

At the end of it all, despite the lingering nervousness or strong fearlessness students may have held, each performed well in their interview.

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Junior Interviews

Words: Madhu Lal

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Hunter Hall

Centennial hosted its annual junior interviews on March 22 and 23. Juniors created resumés and prepared for their interviews in their English classes. These interviews were a way for students to gain an understanding of what it takes to apply for a job in the real world. Students not only created resumés in their English classes, but also participated in activities which taught them what employers look for in an employee.

Each student was assigned a volunteer who asked them questions similar to those addressed in a real interview. After the interview students received an evaluation of their interview skills.

Junior Daniela Thomas said, “I think this [junior interview] was very helpful because students are starting to apply for internships, jobs and are doing interviews for college. It helps people understand what is okay and what isn’t okay for an interview.”

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Junior Interviews – Class of 2014

Words: Emma Harring

This week the halls were filled with hundreds of juniors ready to impress. It was that time of year again: junior interviews.

Working diligently in English classes in the last few weeks to prepare our resumes and practice interviewing led up to just ten minutes, for some even less. I waited as people in front of me were called and directed to the various tables set up in the media center. I watched them talking with the interviewers, wondering what my experience would be like, wondering which interviewer I would be paired with.

As other students started finishing, I was told to go begin my own. I walked over and said with confidence, “Hello, my name is Emma Harring,” knowing that was at least one thing I was not going to mess up.

My interviewer asked me multiple questions about my resume and I described my volunteering experiences and school activities one-by-one. I thought in my head, “This isn’t so bad.” My nerves calmed down as it turned into a relaxed conversation rather than a tense meeting.

The interview felt like it lasted forever, but when I glanced at the clock I found it had only been five minutes. My interviewer wrapped up and began writing comments and checking off boxes. Appearance, check. Eye contact, check. As soon as it began, it was over.

Now, as I will receive my third quarter report card, it will no longer have the world of work requirement missing. Another high school requirement completed, and I am one step closer to graduation.