College Students Prep for Real World of Business Interviews

Editors note: please see related release on the Spring Career Expo of the Palouse at:

PULLMAN Wash. — College students will learn how to put their best foot forward at Washington State University and the University of Idaho during a slate of events held in conjunction with the Spring Career Expo of the Palouse. The preparation events take place on both campuses Feb. 26; the Expo is set for Feb. 27.

Co-hosts ARAMARK, The Bon Marche, WSU Career Services and the WSU Apparel and Merchandising Department will present “Dress to Impress” in the CUB Ballroom from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The presentation, which is being held for the first time, will emphasize the “dos” and “don’ts” of dressing to impress an interviewer or recruiter. A fashion show will feature students and faculty modeling appropriate, as well as inappropriate, workplace formal and casual attire. The interactive event will cover such topics as accessorizing, how to tie a tie, makeup tips, where to buy clothing on a tight budget, personal grooming and hygiene.

WSU Career Services will hold an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Lighty Room 180. Staff will be available to answer employment-related questions and students may have their resumes critiqued.

Mock interviews will be held at the UI Commons and at WSU Career Services in Lighty Room 160 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A variety of employers attending Expo will conduct half-hour interviews with students, then provide feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. WSU students may register for a mock interview online at UI students are encouraged to call 208/885-5822.

UI Cooperative Education will host “Internships Do Make a Difference.” A panel of UI and WSU alumni recruiters will share their insights on what it takes to be recruited into their organizations, how internships influence recruiters’ decisions, ways to increase offers from Spring Expo and how economic changes may impact hiring. This special event will be held in the Idaho Commons Whitewater Room from 6:30-8 p.m.

“We are offering hands-on programs that will give WSU and UI students an edge for jobs and internships in what remains a very competitive market,” said Dave Haining, WSU Career Services event coordinator. “It is our intent to not only enhance our students’ academic experience, but also to prepare them for life.”

The Career Expo will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Beasley Coliseum on the WSU Campus.

All Expo events are free. Students from all eastern Washington and northern Idaho colleges and universities and of all class years are encouraged to attend.