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Ohio University at Zanesville invited alumni to campus on Monday, November 15 for mock interviews with early childhood education intern students. This eagerly awaited event gave the interns the opportunity to experience job interviews with school administrators in the region and to speak with former teachers in service.
“The mock interview event provided the opportunity for senior preschool and middle school interns to have authentic interview experiences with school principals in the area,” said Teri Peasley, program coordinator and assistant teaching professor.
The interview sessions gave local school administrators and principals the opportunity to meet the graduates and ask them questions typically used in teaching recruiting. In addition, managers rated the skills of interview trainees with critical comments for improvement or praise for skills already mastered.
“These interviews allowed interns to receive critical feedback on their interview skills for their next job search,” said Peasley. “Having these kinds of experiences is one of the many ways Ohio University Zanesville supports its students in the transition from graduation to employment.”
Concurrent alumni sessions with area teachers allowed interns to ask questions about teacher responsibilities, strategies for locating school district openings and interviewing successes and failures. The OHIO alumni discussion in Zanesville included first-year professional experiences, a typical teacher’s day, humorous and sad moments, challenges and successes, program implementation and parent-teacher conferences. .
“The mock interviews were a great practice and actually gave me more confidence afterwards,” said Sophia Blattner, a middle school student.
After the sessions, participants discussed the current education landscape over a catered dinner. After the meal, the interns engaged in a question-and-answer session with alumni, administrators and school principals. These included questions about general interview skills, what to include in a resume or cover letter, how to interact with an interviewer, and what managers look for in a candidate.
Regional administrators have stressed that their schools need substitute teachers as they continue to feel the effects of the pandemic. They advised interns to take advantage of substitute teaching opportunities immediately after graduation in December.
OHIO Zanesville is available to meet future students and help them advance their professional career goals. For more information, contact 740.588.1439 or visit ohio.edu/zanesville.