Mock Interviews Build Skills for JAG Students

Mock Interviews Build Skills for JAG Students
Posted on 09/25/2019
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7th-8th grade JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) students completed mock interviews today, carefully arranged by JAG Specialist Stephanie Goodman between students and HSSD personnel. Mock interviews are part of the skills-focused JAG program curriculum, which is designed to help students build skills throughout the school year that lead to responsible and successful life practices. 

As part of their assignment, students completed job applications for a position at the Hot Springs Junior Academy. They were asked to introduce themselves and identify talents and traits that set them apart. They were also required to provide references. During class, they discussed and practiced positive interviewing skills. Students explored why creating a good first impression is so important, and identified strategies for preparing and delivering a memorable interview. 

Interviewers were invited from across the HSSD, and were asked to provide realistic, professional interview experiences for students. The goal was to make each student feel as though he or she were applying for a job with an actual company during a serious 20-minute, one-on-one session. Using a rubric, interviewers asked students a series of questions to rate their level of preparation for the assignment, speaking ability and basic communications skills, professional body language and attire, professional tone and attitude, general understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses,  manners, and overall success in creating a good first impression. Interviewers provided feedback to each student, noting strengths and talents and specific tips about how to improve as they move forward in skills development and community engagement.

Thank you to the many HSSD personnel who volunteered time to serve as interviewers. Congrats to our amazing students for the hard work completed! … We are so proud of you.


The JAG  program exposes students to and array of life skills, including good communication practices, financial literacy, community involvement, project work, and pathways to general understanding of how to identify their own talents. JAG also places an emphasis on leadership skills and service to the community. JAG students are able to work while attending school, participate in internships at local businesses, hear guest speakers to help them understand the working world, and support each other in the program and the building. JAG students receive a non-traditional approach to becoming career ready. 

The HSSD proudly has outstanding JAG programs at the HSJA and the Hot Springs World Class High School.

Learn more about the nationwide JAG, Inc. program, here.  


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