January 22, 2020

HHS students participate in mock interviews, job fair

Mock Interview participants at HHS (L to R): Brenda Poole, Wylene Spearman, Kevin Hannah, Colton Caldwell, Beverly Cable, Jodie Davis, Ronnie Jones, Cindy Putzek, Renai Brock, Dee Dee Williams, Angela Thompson (not pictured: Greg Rumohr, Mike Meredith, Dave Lewis)

(Franklin, GA) — On Tuesday, April 10th, Heard County High School students were put to the test as they participated in mock interviews.

Juniors, seniors and Work-based Learning students were invited to participate in this valuable experience.

Approximately 60 students participated in the mock interviews with community and business leaders.

The interviewers included Kevin Hannah, Franklin Police Chief, Cindy Putzek, Bank of the Ozarks, Dee Dee Williams, Department of Labor, Brenda Poole, Troup County Commissioner’s Clerk & Holliday Realtors, Mike Meredith, New Ventures, Colton Caldwell, attorney, Beverly Cable and Greg Rumohr, JAC Products, Renai Brock, Heard County Chamber of Commerce, Jodie Davis, Nestle, Dave Lewis, YAP Coordinator and Ronnie Jones, retired educator.

Mr. Mock, automotive instructor, helps a student get ready for the Job Fair.

These community and business leaders interviewed the students and gave them constructive feedback on their interviewing skills and the effectiveness of their resumes.

Students were required to dress in business attire, present their resume, and to participate as if it were a real interview.

Many students remarked that the experience was very beneficial and that they felt challenged by the interview questions.

On Thursday, April 12th, the Job Fair was held in the gym at Heard County High School.

Thirteen companies/agencies were represented at the Job Fair.

Those attending were Georgia Power Plant Wansley, IBEW Local 613 (Electrician’s Union), JAC Products/Franklin Aluminum, Elwood Staffing, Express Pros Staffing, Southwire 12 For Life (Carrollton), Heard County Fire & Emergency Services, Carroll EMC, Buffalo Rock/Pepsi Company, (Newnan) Paxen/Eckerd Connects Workforce Development, LocoMex, Hardee’s, Beck  Facility Services, New Ventures (LaGrange), and Heard County Sheriff’s Department.

Heard County High juniors and seniors had the unique advantage of having these companies all in one place to inquire about job openings and fill out applications.

Each student came prepared dressed for success with a folder full of printed resumes that they were able to hand to employers on the spot. Laptop stations were provided to assist students in researching jobs online.

The Job Fair was a great success. Mrs. Angela Thompson, Work-based Learning Coordinator and Ms. Wylene Spearman organized the two events. They would like to thank all employers and representatives who attended.

Also they would like to thank Mr. Tisdale, Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Roberts, Mr. Tillman, Mrs. Penny Hood, and the Heard High office staff for their help and support.  The Job Fair will be held again next spring for the 2019 seniors.

Any employers and businesses who would like to participate in the Job Fair in the future please call 706-675-3656.

Ryan Crews visits the table of IBEW Local 613 to learn about apprenticeships for electricians


  1. I wish more schools did things like this. This is what’s going to really help them function in the real world. Unfortunately it seems like most schools aren’t worried about actually setting up kids to succeed in life.

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