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JAG Prepares for Entering Workforce

Beaumont United Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) students performed mock interviews with area businesses to gain job acquisition skills.

“Mock interviews give students realistic interactions with business hiring managers in the workplace,” said JAG Specialist Shamine Cormier. “Not only are they interviewed, they are evaluated and feedback is given which to gives our JAG students the ability to make corrections and strengthen their skills before exiting into their desired career path.”

Participating interviewers included Mobiloil Credit Union Education Specialist Sharita Gardner, Beaumont Police Officer Hayley Morrow, Community Bank of Texas Senior Vice President of Retail Administration Kimberly Stone, BISD CTE Director Dr. Donna Prudhomme and Coordinator Alicia Green, Beaumont Fire Marshal Joe Codina II and Five:Nineteen Church Pastor Tyron Cormier.

“Having someone teach you about how to dress, make eye contact, annunciate and what ask questions to ask your interviewer is so important,” said Codina. “If the students will take the constructive suggestions after this opportunity, they can hone their skills before being placed in an interview environment again.”

During the speed interview process, participants were evaluated on first impression, opening statement, response to questions, verbal skills, listening skills and closing. “This experience reassures the students of areas mastered and thus re-establishes confidence which is proven to help student success,” said Cormier.