The advanced speech class will be participating in mock interviews to prepare the students for scholarship, college admission or job interviews. To prepare for the occasion, the students have read about interviewing in their textbook, and speech teacher Carol Fullington has shared personal experiences to help them understand the importance of interviews. Director of the Orange County Community Foundation Imojean Dedrick also spoke to the class about her own experiences and shared the “dos” and “don’ts” of interviewing.
“This particular class is a college credit class full of seniors who really are preparing college and scholarship applications, and many will be invited back for interviews between now and November,” said Fullington.
Most of the interviews will take place September 12-14 in the Champions Conference Room or in the boardroom at the superintendent’s office. There will be a variety of people from the community on the judging panel to give the students verbal and written feedback for their grade. Some of the judges are Janet Perry, Jan VanEmon, Martha Nice and Brandon Crowder.
The interview rubric assesses impression and preparedness, appearance and poise, skills presentation and delivery and language. Students will be graded on book work as well as their résumé and the live interview with the panel.
“Interviews are one of the formal public speaking exercises that almost everyone participates in at some point in their life,” said Fullington.
Story by Angie Ceja