Key To Success: A Great Interview

Cheyenne Yodong, News Editor

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On December 20, Success 101, a Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) required class for freshmen, held its mock interviews in the Weston Ranch High School library.

“These one-to-one mock interviews allow students to practice their interviewing skills with professional adults,” said Success 101 instructor Joy Alvarez.

Success 101 is a class that teaches students how to manage their time, how to prioritize their goals for high school and how to select their path toward a career.

Among the guest interviewers on campus were MUSD Superintendent Jason Messer, Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke, Area 1 School Board Trustee Eric Duncan and August Knodt Elementary Principal Sherryl Price.

Like any interview, coming face-to-face with someone who will judge you based on a few questions can be nerve-racking. This process shows the heightened value of making a good impression. As interviewee, one must trust one in one’s capabilities – whether one has such capabilities or not.

“I think this is a really good opportunity because I haven’t heard of mock interviews,” said Jane Gomez. “This helped me prepare and get a feel on how it works.”

Other interviewers included students like Supreet Sandhu (’18), who are part of the Next Step class that follows Success 101. Sandhu said she welcomed the chance to see “how our freshman are evolving after us.”

For Superintendent Messer, participating in the mock interviews is fun.

“This is one of my favorite things I do,” Messer said.

The superintendent said the students he interacted with were “outstanding.”

Messer also credited Weston Ranch educators for their efforts to make classes like this freshman requirement a success.

“The students at Weston Ranch do very well. It’s very clear that teachers have worked really hard to get them ready for this,” Messer said.

The superintendent continued, “I interview a lot of people for their jobs, and if the students keep working and reflecting on these interviews, they’ll out-interview people when they actually go to get the job.”

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