February 23, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Aideen Ginty, senior Nursing student at Mount Saint Mary College, participates in a mock interview with Timothy Scannell, MBA ’17 CFO of Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., during the Center for Career and Experiential Education's Mock Interview Week.
Mount Saint Mary College students recently had the opportunity prepare for the work world with Mock Interview Week on campus.
The annual program, sponsored by the Center for Career and Experiential Education, pairs students with local business leaders in their field to practice their interviewing skills. This year, 20 employers and 55 students participated in the program, including a number of freshmen.
The best part of the program, says Heather Fitzsimmons, career counselor in the Mount’s Center for Career and Experiential Education, is allowing the students to practice their skills without the pressure of a job on the line.
“We hold this program each year to help students practice their interview skills and get immediate feedback from a professional in their field,” she explained.
The experience gave Aideen Ginty of Yonkers, N.Y. the confidence to tackle job interviews head-on.
“It was a really great experience,” said the senior Nursing major. “I received a lot of constructive advice about what to improve and keep the same that will definitely help me in future interviews.”
Her interviewer, Timothy Scannell, vice president and chief financial officer of Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., was impressed with the caliber of the Mount students he interviewed.
“I found the students to be very intelligent, well-spoken and well prepared,” he said. “They each exhibited poise and self-confidence, and conducted themselves professionally throughout the interview.”
Scannell, who was a 2017 graduate of the Mount’s MBA program, was equally impressed with the annual program.
“The Mock Interview program is an excellent way for the students of Mount Saint Mary College to hone their interview skills and enhance their understanding of what employers look for during the interview process,” he said. “It helps the students build confidence in themselves, and gain an understanding of the hiring process.”