Student Mock Interviews

Greater Beloit Economic Development Department

The Mock Interview Program began in 2009, a partnership of Beloit Memorial High School and the GBEDC Business/Education Partnership Committee.

A broad cross section of Beloit businesses,organizations and individual professionals volunteer their time and talents to make a direct contribution in assisting BMHS students.


To teach students:

  • How to prepare a basic résumé and cover letter.
  • How to complete a job application.
  • What to wear and how to present yourself at a job interview.
  • What questions are commonly asked by employers at an interview, and how to answer them.
  • What questions should the interviewee ask the potential employer.
  • How and where to get a work permit, and why one is needed.

The Mock Interviews are conducted  on a recurring basis throughout the school year.

By the end of the year most Juniors will have had the opportunity to participate. It’s one more excellent example of how caring and directly involved Beloit’s local business community is in our student’s education.

GBEDC volunteers work with teachers and students in advance of the Mock Interviews in helping students to prepare. This includes preparing resumes and coaching students on how to conduct yourself on an job interview.

For Students

How does the Mock Interview Program Work?

Volunteer facilitators plan to meet with you TWO more times.

    1. Resumes & Cover Letter- You will prepare your resume and cover letter. You will also prepare for the interview with the help of the staff and volunteers.
    2. Interviews – You will complete a 15-minute “mock” interview with a local professional. You will have your application and resume ready, and be dressed professionally for that day (to be announced).

All participation and work is graded by your English teacher with information from the interviewer.

What will I be graded on in the interview?

    • Quality of Resume, Cover Letter, and Application 
      Review actual application, cover letter, and resume for completeness, neatness, organization, spelling, punctuation, level of detail and content, and attention to format.
    • Appearance
      Hygiene & appropriateness of dress for a professional teen. No gum chewing, cell phones, or other distractions present.
    • Quality of Responses
      Ability to stay focused, sophistication of answers, thoroughness, body language, and enthusiasm.
    • Greeting/Departure
      Eye contact, facial expression, body positioning, handshake, energy.
    • Voice/Intonation
      Was student audible? Talking in an engaging way? Too fast or too slow? Using the language appropriately for an interview?
    • Confidence
      The student should express an appropriate level of confidence, but still show professional respect for the interviewer.

The Mock Interview Program is a partnership between the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation (GBEDC) Education Committee and Beloit Memorial High School English Department. Nearly 100 volunteer professionals from the community contribute to this educational initiative for our youth.

Resource Documents:

(You can expand and view online or use the download link)

Active Verb Examples:

Download (DOCX, 21KB)

Resume Template:

Download (PDF, 249KB)

Cover Letter Template

Download (PDF, 107KB)

Mock Interview Job Positions:

Download (PDF, Unknown)

Sample Employment Application:

Download (DOCX, 30KB)

Our Caring Business & Community Partners

Individuals from the following companies and organizations have participated by conducting interviews with our students. Thank you!

Alliant Energy
Angus Young & Associates
Apara Care Inc.
Beloit College
Beloit Health System
Beloit Regional Hospice
Beloit Inter. Film Festival
Beloit Public Library
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Blackhawk Technical College
Blackhawk Transport, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Century 21 Affiliated
Corporate Contractors Inc.
City of Beloit
Community Action Program
Cotta Transmission Co., LLC
Gateway Realtors
Girl Scouts of Wi-Badgerland Council

Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Beloit Association
Electrol Specialties
Fairbanks Morse Engine
Father & Son’s Cleaning
First National Bank
Fish Window Cleaning
Gateway Community Bank
Gateway Realtors
Hendricks Commercial Properties
Hendricks Holdings Co., Inc.
Kettle Foods
Homes Thru Financial Freedom
Hormel Foods Corporation
Janesville Gazette
Job Center
Johnson Bank

Klobucar Construction
Leadership Development Academy
Mid-States Concrete Ind.
Nowlan & Mouat, LLP
PRIDE Associates
Regal Beloit
Resonate Web Marketing
Rock County Human Services
Rock River Philharmonic
Salvation Army, The
School District of Beloit
Scot Forge
Staff On Site
Stateline Community Foundation
Town of Beloit
Three Pillars
Tricor Insurance
Visit Beloit

To Volunteer

For More Information

Rick Barder | Greater Beloit WorksRick Barder
Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp.

Stephanie Bailey | Greater Beloit Economic Development CorporationStephanie Bailey
Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp.
608 313 8494

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