Bismarck High School students prepare for employment with mock interviews

Mock interviews at the Bismarck Career Academy
Mock interviews at the Bismarck Career Academy(KFYR)
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:26 PM CST
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - There are more than 16,000 job openings across North Dakota, according to labor market information. A group of juniors and seniors talked with employers in the public and private sectors at the Bismarck Career Academy on Tuesday.

“Talk about a time when there was a mistake made at work,” asked a Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce representative.

These interviews are not for real jobs.

“Your body language changes quite a bit,” said a First International Bank & Trust recruiter

The questions are from real employers.

“I really appreciated this. It was fun,” said Legacy High School senior Malia Wolf.

Juniors and seniors are learning how to prepare for careers with mock interviews at the Bismarck Career Academy.

“I definitely want to get more confidence in myself and be more on my feet and impromptu with my answers,” said Wolf.

Wolf says she’s planning to be a graphic designer and create covers for children’s books. She says we need more workers and more job openings.

“I definitely hope that the amount of jobs stays the same or either gets better so there’s less competition for our new generation,” said Wolf.

Bismarck Public Schools Career Advisor Kasey Janz said she wished these resources were available when she was in high school.

“It’s things I’ve realized are so important and actually our industry partners are the ones who always tell us like those professional skills, that’s what they need in their current applicants,” said Janz.

Janz said mock interviews help students build contacts in the community. More than 160 students participated in mock interviews.