They were all a little nervous and a bit tired already! They spent yesterday in interview skills preparation for the internship interviews that start next week. They have also been in meetings all morning with various professors and program administrators. I was so proud that each of them showed up on time and ready to go!
The format and feedback process is simple. Each student comes into the Center, introduces themselves to the two other faculty and me and talks about themselves for 3-5 minutes. I was looking for in-depth knowledge of themselves and concrete evidence to support their strengths. I also hoped to see good content organization, good use of time, believability and engagement, and a polished rehearsed delivery.
After each student finished, faculty provided a few comments in turn as feedback. I provided a simple rubric to help them with this process. I then followed-up with any additional suggestions. I also used their presentation planning worksheet assignment to make sure they covered all of their material.
Generally, the students were engaging, polished and professional. Of course, I hope they will use all of the feedback provided to them to continue to hone their skills.
Whew, it was a long day!