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CWC students get interview experience in 'micro sessions'

Feb 6, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Students at Central Wyoming College had the opportunity to interview for local jobs last year through a new initiative in the school's business department.

The effort focused on companies in Fremont County that were looking to fill open positions.

"These were true job interviews," CWC faculty president Matt Herr said. "They had positions that many of these students were qualified for."

Representatives from each business came to the Riverton campus in December to interview 14 students for about 30 minutes each.

"They were all varied students," Herr said. "They came from different degree areas and backgrounds. Some were ready to graduate, some weren't."

None of the interviews resulted in full-time positions, but Herr said two students were offered internships after the session. The young job applicants also told Herr that they had gotten a lot out of the experience.

"They were shocked and surprised at what they learned in the interviews," Herr said. "They were much more sure of themselves."

The students were asked to bring resumes and cover letters and wear appropriate clothing to their interviews, and Herr said the business representatives were pleased with the job candidates' presentation and overall caliber.

"They like the idea of getting to meet our students specifically, not in contrived situations (like job fairs)," Herr said. "They want to meet them for real."

He plans to continue organizing "micro-interview sessions," with the next event likely to come in April.

"We want to pursue this further," Herr said.

He asked faculty, staff and the CWC Board of Trustees to let him know about other businesses that might be willing to get involved, and he welcomes new ideas to help put students in touch with local employers.

"Be our eyes and ears on the ground," he said. "If you have ideas or connections we can use to strengthen our ties with the business community, bring them on."

For more information, call Herr at 855-2292.

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