TROY — Dressed to impress, Cookson Elementary School fifth graders waited their turn to interview with recruiters to share their skills and why they would be the be candidate for various school jobs last week.
On Wednesday, fifth grader D’Waivon Duncan shook hands with Mr. Aaron Johnson before sitting down at the interview table.
“He asked me what were my strengths, my hobbies and why I wanted a job at Cookson,” Duncan said. “I want to sort the mail and help (physical education teacher) Mr. Bunck. I want to help Mr. Bunck because I’m athletic and for the mail job I’m responsible for putting it where ever it needs to be.”
Michael Bunck, Cookson Elementary physical education teacher and Future Begins Today adviser, said, “We went over the etiquette of interviews, how to sell yourself, how to present yourself and interview yourself, eye contact and all that good stuff.”
Lincoln Community Center director Shane Carter, Julie Winner, Aaron Johnson and Lori Altman met with the children to test their interview skills and find the best student for the school job openings.
“I just volunteered to help and had a lot of fun. The kids were great,” Altman said.”The girl I interviewed did a great job.”
Rahnney Woodfork, 11, interviewed with Altman and admitted she was nervous in the beginning of the interview.
“I’m socially awkward. I don’t like talking to people and I get really nervous and shy and like, play with my hair and tap my thumbs,” Woodfork shared. “My interviewer was really nice and she made me feel a lot more comfortable.”
Woodfork said she applied for a school job in hopes she can work with younger children.
“I really want to work with kids, like second or third graders” she said.
Johnathan Higgins, 11, interviewed with Mr. Carter.
“Interviewing can help me in the real world,” Higgins said. “I’m hoping to get to work in the gym. I like to help kids because they have a lot of energy and I want to play games with them.”
Higgins said he prepared by talking to his friends, parents and practicing during free time in class.
Stephanie Johnson, Cookson Elementary School Principal said she was impressed with the students and hope prepared they were for the interviews for school jobs.
“They took it so seriously because for most of them, they’ve never met the volunteers before,” Johnson said. “They practiced shaking hands and proper etiquette. They did a great job.”
The Future Begins Today program provides mentoring and support services to students. For more information, visit www.thefuturebeginstoday.org.
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