Photo: Mock interviews prepare students for life after college

In these tough economic times, recent college graduates will need every advantage they come by when trying to find a full-time job.

One of these advantages includes attending as many career fairs as possible and familiarizing oneself with the interview process well before a first official interview.

As a part of the Fall 2011 Career Series, Hofstra University’s Career Center held two mock interview events Nov. 3-4 by bringing in local employers to hold simulated interviews with graduating students.

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Students were each assigned a 30-minute appointment to present a résumé to the interviewers, participate in a one-on-one mock interview and receive critiques and suggestions on both their interviewing skills and résumé.

Companies participating in the event included Target, Brookhaven Laboratory and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Most companies that participate are interviewing for a number of jobs on a local level including internships, part-time and full-time positions following the student’s graduation.

With the proper preparation, the prospects of finding a full-time job straight out of college still exist.

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