The Hannifan Center for Career and Alumni Connections will host its first-ever Employer Mock Interviewapalooza on Wednesday, March 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m in the Library Event Room.

The event, led by the office’s career coach Robert Nealon, will allow students the opportunity to gain valuable interviewing experience in a familiar environment. Featuring several local employers, the Interviewapalooza will provide feedback that both highlights positive areas in addition to points of improvement for future employment searches.

“Developing strong interviewing skills is a vital career preparation skill,” said Nealon. “Many struggle on real interviews because their nerves get in the way, impacting the quality of their [communication] during an interview. [We hope to] inspire students to continue practicing this skill.”

Originating from the office’s long-standing employer mock interview program, the Interviewapalooza serves as the prime opportunity for individuals to grow in the career search process. Past mock interviews run by the center have led numerous students to internship and job opportunities, and many expect that trend to continue.

In addition to the interviewing feedback from real-world employers, attendees will also be entered into a grand prize raffle, set to be drawn near the end of the occasion. With a giveaway, food and indispensable career advice, the event promises to please young professionals across Lynn’s campus.

“We are really excited and are planning to have several employer representatives at the event,” said Nealon. “It should be a fun event. Students will receive valuable suggestions for improvement, food and a chance to win a nice prize.”

The deadline to register for the one-day event is Tuesday, March 12. Those interested in the Interviewapalooza can reserve a 30-minute time slot by e-mailing rnealon@lynn.edu. Available time slots include: 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a sophomore. Having grown up in Birmingham, Ala., Johnson established an unwavering love for college athletics in his youth. Wanting to connect his love for sports with his passion for writing, he has identified sports journalism as the ultimate goal of his academic endeavors at Lynn. As such, Johnson is a multimedia journalism major. Within his collegiate interests, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Fighting Knight and current ESPN reporter Lisa Kerney. Outside of iPulse, he was a contributing writer for the Palm Beach Post as well. In his second year, there is still much more in the tank for his career preparation at Lynn. All the while, he is immensely proud of the Alabama Crimson Tide for recently winning their 17th overall national championship. Thankful for the opportunities he has received thus far, Johnson is eager to grow alongside his peers in the College of Communication and Design.

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