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Interview Day on Nov. 7 to show Brunswick students how to land jobs

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BRUNSWICK — Representatives from 15 local businesses will attend Interview Day at Brunswick High School on Nov. 7 at an event designed to give students a look at what it takes to enter the professional world.

The program, which is in its infancy and has only been held once before, is the result of a conversation with parents last school year.

Amy Rutledge, community relations coordinator for Brunswick Schools, said parent volunteers and administrators had said that work-study students could benefit from more opportunities to practice their interview skills.

From there, Interview Day was born.

“This is the second time we’ve done this,” Rutledge said.

“The first time we did this was back in April, so at the end of last school year. ... It was very successful. Businesses came in and did mock interviews.”

The idea of doing your first job interview can be a concept that would make any student nervous. Interview Day enforces the common idea that practice makes perfect.

“The students loved it, the businesses loved it. At the end of the day, we weren’t sure who got more out of it, the students or the businesses because it was very positive,” said Rutledge.

This school year, there will be two mock interview events held at the high school. The November event will be followed by a second in April.

“Our goal of having two this year is to measure success,” said Rutledge. “We’re going to have all of the work-study kids go through both events.”

Business representatives will evaluate students at both events and students will be able to see where they need to improve and what they did well, she said.

Last year, about 80 interviews were conducted. This year, the hope is to have 70 interviews with 15 business representatives at each event.

Representatives from the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Hills Fire Department, several local banks and others will participating in the event Wednesday in the student center at the high school.

“It’s one of those events that will kind of help prepare students for life after high school,” said Rutledge.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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