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Mock Interview Event at Thornton High School

In this season of gratitude, TalenTrust gives thanks for our many clients and supporters.  TalenTrust is making a donation to Goodwill Industries of Denver, a nonprofit we are proud to support.  Goodwill provides education, career development and employment opportunities to help Coloradoans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity and hope through the power of work.

This week, the TalenTrust team participated in a mock interview event through Goodwill's High School Career Development Program.  Students in the Careers Exploration class for grades 10-12 at Thornton High School  spend all semester learning how to write a resume, craft a cover letter, and practice interviewing skills. Then they put these skills to work during the Goodwill mock interview event.

TalenTrust's Senior Vice President of Client Services, Eileen Desch, works with a student on interviewing skills

Interviews are such a crucial part of both the college and job application processes, so our team at TalenTrust was very willing to share our knowledge about what makes a successful interview with these students. Each of us was able to conduct a mock interview with several students during the course of the hour-long event. We were given interview questions and a scoring rubric to guide us, but the most helpful part was being able to provide verbal feedback to the students after each interview.

Laura Richards, TalenTrust’s Recruitment Services manager, attended the event on Wednesday, December 9th.  “First of all, thank you to Goodwill for letting us participate in this program,” said Richards.  “This is such a great program full of students that give us such hope for the future!  It was wonderful to be able to use my professional expertise to help these students as they prepare to head into the world.  Goodwill does an excellent job of preparing these students for the real world, and the students are so bright and enthusiastic.  It made my entire day to be with them!”

Recruitment Services Manager Laura Richards conducts a mock interview at Thornton High School

It was great seeing these motivated, smart high school students gain valuable interviewing skills. We will definitely be participating in future events like this! If you feel inspired to get involved with Goodwill's youth career development events, please check this website for details. They hold approximately 10 events per month, so there are ample opportunities to volunteer and share your business know-how with Colorado students.

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