On April 8, over 550 students descended upon the Mardi Gras ballroom at The Orleans looking professional in their business attire, hoping to lock up a scholarship prize for best mock interview. Their counterparts were over one hundred volunteers from the business and professional community of southern Nevada. Our group of volunteers included engineers, attorneys, executives, directors, and other business professionals from various local, national, and global organizations including but not limited to Nevada State Bank, Boyd Gaming, Cox Communications, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada Partners, and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation. Together they completed over 1,100 interviews in just six hours.
One goal of Nevada State High School is to prepare students for the next level of college and career by supporting students in their academic and professional growth. That is why WorkKeys, NCIS, resume building, interview skills, dress for success, and portfolio development are all lessons integrated within the Nevada State High School curriculum. These lessons are designed to provide assistance and support for college and career readiness.
The mock interviews during April transitions allowed students to apply those lessons in a simulation where volunteers from the professional community provided the questions and feedback on interview skills, professional dress, and resume quality. Students rotated through 12-15 cycles and interviewed at least twice. At the end, evaluations were compiled and each volunteer interviewer selected their best student interview for a scholarship award. Some talented students took home multiple scholarships!
A week later, it was Meadowwood’s turn to test their interview mettle as volunteers from the northern Nevada community gathered at The Atlantis to test students’ interview skills. This event provides many of our students with their first “real interview” experience, preparing them for future college, scholarship, and job interviews. Nine scholarships were awarded for the best interviews in Reno.