Juniors practice interview skills with community volunteers: Photo of the Day 11/14/17


Bridget Murphy

Various juniors receive feedback on their junior interviews.

by Adam Cooper, Reporter

On November 14, sharply dressed students waited nervously outside in the cafeteria for their number to be called.  Then they approached business strangers and began to pitch their best features in a mock interview.

Junior interviews are a way for the the junior class to gain experience on how to present themselves in a career situation. It is an event the happens twice in a school year, one in the fall the other in the spring. Students have their interviews based on which semester they have English.

To prepare for the interviews, juniors are required to create a resume outlining their work experience and accomplishments. Students create cover letters and conduct interview preparation with quirky icebreakers to make them comfortable in an uncomfortable, nerve-wracking environment.

These interviews are meant to allow students with and without interview experience to get practice and advice on how to ace an interview.  In some instances, people are even offered internships or jobs.

“I conducted myself in a manner that was business professional; therefore I was offered an internship at State Farm,” said junior Rian Sipe.

Regardless of the stress caused by this event, the students found it worthwhile, and it is a highlight of junior year.

Big thanks to these businesses for coming out and helping the Junior class for this year’s interviews.

Denny Ahalt, Community Volunteer

Missy Baker, State Farm

William Barge, Chick-Fil-A

Chris Berry, Chris Berry Realty

Jeffery Bocar, Sandy Spring Bank

Amber Brengel, Beltsville Construction Supply, Inc.

Bill Butts, Retirement Solutions

Molly Coughlan, Country Meadows

Donna Dorman, Dorman Remodeling

Steve Fennington, Frederick County Bank

Laura Grimes, Old Line Bank

Katie Grosso, Katie Grosso,DDS

Kathy Hall, Sandy Spring Bank

Jennifer Hogg, Frederick County Bank

Linda Koons, Carroll Community Bank

Cindy Malone, Equipment Deployment Company

Kristen Miller, Phoenix Mecano

Kevin Murphy, Browning Reagle Insurance

Bob Peters, Community Volunteer

Richard Roberts, Maryland State Police

Chris Safsten, NNT Data

Jim Scales, Sandy Spring Bank

Stacie Schattenberg, Bright Horizons

P. W. Shaffer, Sandy Spring Bank

Jeri Simon, Mt. Airy Directory

SSgt. Aaron Turk, United States Marine Corps.

Grant Wheeler, Sandy Spring Bank

Mike Winter, BWM of Catonsville