Mock interviews conducted with 14 students
VICTORIA, Texas – Aaron Points, soon-to-be graduate of Victoria College’s Process Technology Program, had never been interviewed for a job before and wasn’t going to miss a chance to see what the experience is like.
Several employees from different companies, including Dillon Hammond of Dow Chemical, Bobby Garner of INVISTA, Shawn Wehmeyer and Lance Harlan of Formosa Plastics and Beth Baker of Austin Water, contributed six hours to conduct mock interviews on April 16. 14 students in Victoria College’s Process Technology Program participated in the mock interviews, which helped them prepare for tough questions they will be asked when applying for a job.
“I have worked for a few companies, and they really needed help, so they hired me. There was no real interview process,” said Points, who will graduate from the program with an Associate of Applied Science this spring. “So this was a new experience for me.”
VC’s Process Technology curriculum coordinator, Fred Chastain said the program started the mock interviews five years ago. Several students have impressed the interviewers to the point that they received a follow-up interview.
“Process technician jobs are highly sought after and super competitive with outstanding pay and benefits,” Chastain said. “Our faculty focus on preparing them students for success, and this is one of the many ways that we do so. This really helps our students get interview experience and allows us to get feedback from our industry partners on the strengths and weaknesses of our program. Our industry partners get a first look at our graduating students, and they give us feedback to help us improve the relevance of our program’s curriculum.”
Brian McMullen will graduate from the program in the fall, and he was surprised by how many interviewers were in the room during the exercise.
“I also wasn’t expecting them to ask me to ask them questions,” McMullen said. “They got me on that one.”
Points talked about his experience with his interview and mentioned how he approached it like his career depended on it.
“I went into it like it was a real interview,” Points said. “You have to sell yourself. You have to show what you know and, hopefully, I did that.”
A one-year certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in process technology are both offered through VC’s Process Technology Program. It also prepares students for a career as a process technician or operator.
Call 361-573-3291 for more information regarding VC’s industrial trade programs.
Shown in the picture is Victoria College Process Technology Program student Peyton Levien answering questions from representatives of Dow Chemical, Formosa Plastics, INVISTA and Austin Water during a mock job interview on April 16.
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