Practice Makes Perfect for Hospitality Students during Career Week
“When I first saw the room, I was a little intimidated because there were so many executives and students interviewing in one area,” said sophomore Paola Lopez.
Lopez and some 175 Harrah Hotel College students recently participated in mock interviews at the March 2017 Hospitality Prep Interview Event, for which the college welcomed 39 hospitality executives from Las Vegas companies to serve as volunteer interviewers. Rows of tables filled the Student Union Ballroom, where practice interviews took place throughout the day.
“It was a unique opportunity for the students to get to meet industry professionals and have a sense of what it could be like to be interviewed,” said prep interviewer Fe Allen, who serves as the director of talent acquisition for MGM Resorts International. “On the flip side, it was a distinctive opportunity for me to meet students who are interested in the hospitality industry.”
The interview prep experience was just one portion of Harrah Hotel College’s Career Week, organized by the college’s Boughner Career Center. Students engaged in numerous career-building activities throughout the week, including mock interviews, company information sessions, internship interviews, and the Spring Networking Mixer which brought in 350 student attendees as well as 60 companies recruiting for hotels and restaurants around the world.
For students preparing to enter the workforce, Harrah College's Career Week is an opportunity to fine tune presentation skills and seek feedback.
“I am so grateful that career services provides us with these types of events,” said Lopez. “In just 30 minutes, I became a better interviewee.”