Offenders Hone Interview Skills with Help from Real Employers

Offenders Hone Interview Skills with Help from Real Employers


>>All right guys, if you would please start
your interviews now. You have fifteen minutes.>>Alrighty, good. Ok.
>>The Mock Interview Fair is an opportunity for offenders to have a chance to learn how
to present themselves in front of an employer when they reenter the community.
>>Share a little bit about yourself with us.
>>In order to facilitate that, we like to have actual employers from the community come
in and provide them with feedback on their mock interview experience.
>>I see a lot of potential in these guys. They are growing personally and it’s showing
in how they interview today.>>Many of us have never had a job interview.
Many of us have never had a job in the free world, so this is the only experience we’re
going to have between our time now and when we go home. I mean, it’s priceless.
>>Thank you.>>Thank you.
>>It’s really an opportunity to be in front of somebody who in the community does hiring.
So whether that be somebody that owns a business, somebody who’s involved in human resources,
so that they can get feedback from individuals who are professionals in the community.
>>They were really positive, had good attitudes, and pretty excited about opportunuties that
could be out there for them.>>In a day of information that we live in,
you have to be prepared to face your past. And there’s no way to erase it or overcompensate
for it, but I think you have to be able to answer confidently but honestly. Just being
transparent about what you went through, but also being bold and confident about who you
are now.>>Are you able to work well in a group or
in a team setting?>>This is not necessarily a job offer, however
what we do want is for employers to open their minds and think about giving someone who has
a criminal justice background an opportunity or give someone a chance who may or may not
have been given a chance in the past.>>I know that there’s opportunity out there
and that I have a chance for employment and that I’m going to be ready to launch my life
again when I go home.

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