STUDENTS REHEARSE FOR
their résumés polished and shoes shined, a group of juniors
and seniors sat across from representatives of 20 companies and organizations
to get a taste of the interviewing process.
At the Cooper Career Center's
annual career networking event March 11, Trinity upperclassmen applied
their interviewing proficiency and received feedback on their presentation
skills and other hiring criteria.
"One of the key things I
look for during an interview is the way job candidates present themselves,"
said Lisa Nuiver, human resources generalist at the Bible League. "Do they
smile, offer a handshake, maintain good eye contact? How do they respond
to questions? Have they done research on the company? These are ways that
interviewees can make a good impression."
interview lasted 20-30 minutes; afterward, the professionals shared their
viewpoints about the interviewee's strengths and areas for improvement.
It also allows the interviewers to broaden the students' perspectives from
simply landing their first jobs to launching their careers.
"A lot of graduates don't
have clear goals or a career plan," said Paul Dillman '80, an accountant
with P&L Accounting and Tax Service in Oak Forest, Illinois. "Most
companies are not looking to just fill slots; they're looking for people.
It's important that these students discover how their job searches fit
in with what the Lord has for their lives."