Six students from the Faculty of Business recently participated in the inaugural Business Interview Competition held in the Residence Conference Centre at the Davis campus. The Sheridan Career Centre sponsored competition required students to participate in a preliminary event where they filed an application, a resume review, attended a career workshop and participated in a video interview submission. These submissions were then reviewed by Employment Consultants in the Career Centre and the students received feedback on how to prepare for the April 3 event.
The Sheridan Career Centre promoted the event as a way to help students gain valuable interview skills and learn how to use Optimal Resume (an on-line resource for Sheridan students), to boost a student’s career capital and provide an opportunity to meet with employers and receive immediate feedback.
The competition was set-up in a speed networking format, allowing students the opportunity to meet with all six judges from Winners, Staples, Wrigley’s, TekSystems and Technical Standards and Safety Authority TSSA. Prizes were awarded to the overall winners in first and second place. Nicole Whitewood, 3rd year Business Marketing student was this year’s 1st place winner and received a $250.00 gift certificate from Winners. Second place went to Jason Dunphy, a 3rd year Business Marketing student who received a $140 gift certificate from Staples. Each student received Sheridan professional portfolios to assist with their overall interview impression.
The feedback from the participants was unanimous – all of the students felt this was a fantastic event and gained valuable feedback to assist with their future job search strategies.
“The Business Interview Competition was a great opportunity for me to perfect the skills I’ll need after I graduate at the end of this month. I had the chance to network with 6 recruiters in a speed-networking style which allowed me to speak one-on-one with potential employers, without the pressures of an actual interview. The employers also provided feedback on what they’re looking at when they hire,” said Nicole Whitewood, first place winner.