Seymour High School seniors participate in mock interviews

After walking into the Seymour High School auxiliary gymnasium, senior Jackson Lowe signed in and took a seat.

He then waited for his time to participate in a mock interview with Shaun Kendall.

Even though he had never been through an interview before, Lowe said he wasn’t nervous.

“We’ve been preparing for a couple weeks in English class, so I was pretty confident,” he said. “I knew what I was going to say and be prepared for anything.”

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During the interview, Lowe maintained eye contact with Kendall and answered every question.

“I felt pretty confident during it,” Lowe said. “You had a bunch of conversations in your head just thinking about different situations and what you would say.”

After standing up to shake hands with Kendall, Lowe took a moment to reflect on the experience.

“I feel like there are probably a couple things I should have done better or prepared for, like asking the interview questions afterwards,” Lowe said.

Still, as he did all along, Lowe felt confident.

“It will help me filling out my résumé better and maybe improve my résumé and what to put where and the layout of everything, just a couple specific details I need to change,” he said. “It was a good experience. I feel like it’s necessary helping people for future interviews they may have.”

Now, Lowe can focus on finishing his senior year and working toward going to Franklin College, where he wants to play football and study English to become a teacher.

“I’m not ready to put my pads down yet,” he said. “I also want to work on becoming an English teacher. English is something I enjoy, and it’s a good creative outlet. I want to teach other people.”

Lowe was among more than 300 Seymour High School seniors who signed up to participate in mock interviews, which were conducted all last week.

The annual event is organized by Jackie Hill, workforce director for Jackson County Industrial Development Corp., and Jody Deckard, workforce coordinator for JCIDC.

Hill said 50 people from a variety of local employers participated.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” she said. “It’s interesting because when we think about senior interviews now, Jody and I don’t panic. Before, it was like, ‘Oh, we’ve got to do this.’ Now, we make phone calls and in fact, there are some companies that we said, ‘We have enough.’”

Hill said she and Deckard try to pair the students with someone in their field of interest.

They see some seniors who have interviewed before, while it’s new for others.

“It just gives them an opportunity to go through that for those that haven’t gone through that first step of coming in, going through the process of showing up, turning in your cover letter and résumé, having that conversation, doing all of the skills that they need — the eye contact, the handshake,” Hill said.

“Then hopefully, the interviewers can share some of their expertise with them, some of what they are going through or what they’ve been through,” she said.

Jaclyn Williams, a human resources generalist at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, was among those who volunteered their time to interview seniors.

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