February 26, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Matthew Connoly of Walden, N.Y., an Accounting major at Mount Saint Mary College, is interviewed by Christina Myers, SPHR,SHRM-SCP, Assistant Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Rondout Savings Bank, during Mock Interview Week at the college.
With graduation on the horizon for Mount Saint Mary College seniors, and with underclassmen searching for internships, Mount students recently prepared for the future with Mock Interview Week on campus.
Sponsored by the college’s Career Center, the annual program pairs students with local business leaders in their field to practice their interviewing skills. This year, more than 30 students participated in the program. They interviewed with 14 professionals, including experts from Orange Regional Medical Center, Hudson Valley Parent, Army West Point, Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District, Mobile Life, Crystal Run Healthcare, and the Rondout Savings Bank.
“We hold this program each year to help students practice their interview skills and get immediate feedback from a professional in their field,” said Heather Fitzsimmons, career counselor in the Mount’s Career Center.
The best part of the program, she added, is allowing the students to practice their skills without the nervousness that comes with a real interview.
Matthew Connoly of Walden, N.Y., an Accounting major, said the experience showed him the basic structure of a job interview and what kinds of questions to expect.
“In the future I can be prepared with even better responses to help me present myself to an employer,” he said. “I will be more prepared for what is going to happen, which means I will be confident in my appearance and what I want to say in the interview. This program is definitely a huge help for anyone who wants to experience what a true job interview would be like.”
The Career Center prepares students for varied career opportunities in the Hudson Valley, New York City, the Capital Region, and beyond. Each semester, it hosts programs such as job fairs, events featuring specific academic programs, business dining etiquette, interview and search strategies workshops, and off-campus professional visits to help pre-professionals explore career paths.