Purpose and Impact: Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Refugee and Immigration Services program provides a wide array of services to help newly-arrived refugees acquire skills they need to acclimate to American culture and responsibilities.
This volunteer position helps prepare our clients to secure stable employment, a crucial step toward self-sufficiency and successful incorporation into their new community.
As part of our Job Readiness course, mock interviews provide meaningful experience of the American interview process, with which many of our clients are completely unfamiliar. Your assistance can directly increase our clients' confidence, readiness, and chances of becoming employed--helping them get their feet off the ground that much more quickly. This position is open to individuals or groups.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
•Conduct 4-7 mock interviews per session, focusing on teaching the basics of interview etiquette. For example, a volunteer would coach clients on how to maintain eye contact, perform handshakes, and provide more than one-word answers.
•Provide feedback and advice on interview performance
Required Skills: Clear communication; the ability to provide constructive and helpful feedback; the willingness to interact with individuals of different backgrounds (cultural and professional). Experience with the interview and hiring process.
Preferred Skills: Experience conducting entry-level interviews is preferred but not required. Proficient foreign language abilities are always a plus!
Time Commitment: We conduct one mock-interview session on the second Wednesday of every month. The session typically lasts 1-1.5 hours and takes place from 5:00-6:30.Volunteer Benefits: This position will give volunteers the chance to work on their own professional development, provide networking opportunities, and gain recruitment experience. A Mock-Interview Conductor is also able to watch as our clients grow from hesitant applicants to confident, able job candidates.
Catholic Pastoral Center
2806 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214