Interview program great for young job seekers
For the first time in the program’s history, Deniliquin High School’s mock interview program had a full student turnout this year.
It was held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week, with 61 students participating in simulated job interviews with local business community leaders tailored to their prospective career fields.
Deni High careers advisor Pam Sinha said as well as building confidence in students for future job seeking, the mock interviews are a way to showcase and celebrate the range of career opportunities available locally.
‘‘We had lots of new faces from the community take part, and a lot of former Deniliquin High School students,’’ Ms Sinha said.
‘‘Everyone was really positive about the kids, and the feedback from the 53 community members has been great.
‘‘The students were impressed with the positive vibe and the feedback they received.
‘‘The representation from the community was fantastic, including a police recruitment panel and police chaplain Wayne Sheean conducting interviews for a Rotary scholarship, as he’s also a member of Rotary.
‘‘We also had Neisha Predergast from the Exchange Hotel take part for the first time. She’s a food technologist and was part of the panel for hospitality.
‘‘We had representation from Murray Irrigation Limited and Murray Local Land Services, which have opportunities for technical positions.’’
The mock interviews started about 15 years ago when Deni High careers advisor Donna Van Lieshout first started in the role.
The idea is to prepare students with a job or scholarship interview, which includes preparing a resume and focusing on their personal presentation.
■ Deniliquin High School student Tiarna Condren during her mock interview with Sivonne Binks.