What's the number one concern of most students who are approaching graduation? Getting a job, of course! And what aspect of getting a job frightens students the most?? Interviewing! Like many chapters, the East Tennessee State University chapter is composed primarily of juniors and seniors who will soon be faced with the challenge of finding employment. To assist these members and give them a "leg up" on the competition, the chapter held an interviewing seminar in the spring of 1999.
The chapter hosted an expert panel comprised of professional SHRM members from the Northeast Tennessee chapter as well as ETSU professors recognized for their expertise in this area. After discussing twenty important questions regarding interviewing, the panel then took questions from the audience. During the session, many panelists shared personal and humorous experiences the students could relate to. When the panel session concluded, interested students had the opportunity to participate in mock interviews and receive a thorough review of their resumes. After each mock interview, students received specific feedback and suggestions on how they could improve their interviewing skills. The event was standing room only confirming the belief that interviewing is of great concern to most students. The response to the interviewing seminar was so positive that the ETSU chapter plans to make this an annual event.
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