July 25, 2014

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Speed interview workshop puts interns to the test

ELYRIA — More than 10 years ago, Bill Elliott was a participant of Lorain County Leadership’s internship program.

Now he has returned to mentor new interns in the program’s “speed interviewing” workshop.

“I think it is extremely important for students to know how to behave in an interview,” Elliott said. “I am currently the career services director at JVS, and I am a huge advocate of fully preparing students for the interviewing process.”

Fifteen Lorain County summer interns will have their interviewing skills tested by 12 area business leaders. Each interviewer will have 10 minutes to ask standard interview questions and then five minutes to record a critique of the student’s interview.

Clare Cygan Young, director of community outreach for Leadership Lorain County, said that she created the speed interviewing workshop because she wanted interns to have the opportunity to polish their skills.

The internship program at Leadership Lorain County has been in place 1999, but Young said she came up with the idea for “speed interviewing” because she realized that having interviewing skills was extremely important for students to have once they finished their internships and were ready to enter the workforce.

“The students are already getting great experience with each of their individual internships,” Cygan Young said.

The leaders were selected to represent various career areas such as finance, education, human resources and government.

All of the interns are Lorain County residents from 14 different colleges and universities. The students have internships at different non-profits in the area.

Janay Wilson is interning at United Way in Lorain and said that the speed interviewing workshop was very beneficial to her.

“I participated in the workshop last year,” Wilson said. “I thought I was a good interviewer, but I soon realized that there were definitely things I could improve.”

The interns will go through their Speed Interviewing Workshop 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Leadership Lorain County offices on Burns Road.

Contact Christina Graw at 329-7144 or cgraw@chroniclet.com.