Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 17, 2019
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
Rising Seniors at Whittier Prepare for Co-Op Jobs as Part of Final Exams
HAVERHILL — Next year’s seniors are ready to start interviewing for summer jobs and co-op positions after putting their best selves forward in interviews conducted by teachers as part of their final exams.
Beginning this year, to wrap up English class, students had to partake in a mock interview process that tested their abilities to eloquently and accurately represent themselves to prospective employers. The exercise, where students also had to come equipped with a resume, was designed to help rising seniors prepare for real-life scenarios as they enter the workforce.
Students were graded on whether or not they had a firm handshake, made eye contact, had good posture, their level of enthusiasm and how thoroughly they answered questions and more.
“It was kind of stressful,” said junior Cameron Roberts, of Amesbury. “But it’s a good idea for a school like this where we have to be able to express our skills and knowledge.”
Students signed in with a receptionist and waited their turns for a spot at four interview stations in the library.
“I feel like it will really help me in the future when I go for an interview,” said junior Edyana Gonzalez, of Haverhill. “I was prepared for the basic questions but they added more.”
Students were asked what led them to choose their career or field, their specialty and to describe a project that displayed their skills.They were also encouraged to ask questions of their interviewers such as: what is the company structure? Why do you like working here?
“I’ve was really impressed with the majority of students during this process,” English teacher Elaine Bucher said. “They seemed prepared and engaged and they treated it like a real interview.”