During the evenings of April 16 and 17, the Circuit on Professionalism series sponsored by the offices of Career Services and Advancement hosted a mock interview event for Grace College juniors and seniors. More than 50 employers in the Kosciusko County area came to the Winona Lake, Ind., campus to conduct the interviews, including the Warsaw mayor and Winona Lake chief of police, and HR executives from Zimmer, DePuy, Biomet, Silveus, Louis Dreyfus and many more. Representatives of several Grace Brethren affiliated organizations also participated.
I thought the evening was very well organized and met the needs of the students,” said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer. “I was impressed with the overall quality of the experience and the quality of the students. It was a great experience for me as well.”
The event gave students an opportunity to practice their interview skills in a trial setting. Employers provided feedback on what students did well and gave advice on how to improve. Freshmen and sophomores who are a part of the Millennial Scholarship program were also privileged to attend.
“The success of the event reflects the tremendous community support we have and our partnerships with multiple local businesses,” said Denise Terry, director of Career Services at Grace College.
Participating employers included the 1000 Park Bãkafé, the Animal Welfare League, Baker Youth Club, Best Schotz Productions, Biomet, Brandpoet, Center Street Partners, Cerulean Restaurant, the City of Warsaw, Claypool Elementary School, Combined Community Services, Crowe Horwath LLP, DePuy, Egg Innovations LLC, Grace Village Retirement Community, Hand Industries Inc., Junior Achievement, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Royal Blue LLC, the Smith Academy for Excellence, Silveus Insurance Group, Superior Wood Products, Tree of Life Bookstore, United States Army, Winona Lake Police Department, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Zimmer, and Zing! Recruiting.
“The event was an amazing chance for students and community members to connect,” said Dave Grout, representing Brandpoet. “Not only did students learn great skills to take into the workforce, but members in the community were able to see firsthand the student body which lives in the community that they work.”