Dordt College News

Dordt alumni interview students

February 24, 2009


Dordt students in the two-year Administrative Assistant degree program got some helpful employment tips from Dordt alumni and other area business people at a mock interview night conducted recently in the Vermeer Business and Conference Center.

Instructor of Business Education, Tim Klein, invited eight alumni and five other area employers to conduct 30 minute mock interviews with students, followed by 15 minutes of individual feedback, and a group discussion time to conclude the evening exercise.

“This evening helps students to become more relaxed when they find themselves in a true interview situation,” said Klein. Other things students gleaned from the interview night were the importance of a first impression; the need to show the connection between one’s own qualifications and what the company is looking for; and demonstrating confidence in your ability to fill the position you are interviewing for.


“We really appreciate the professional business people who provided students with some great interview experience and tips,” said Klein.

Dordt alumni who participated in the interviews were Tracy (Ouwinga) Eekhoff from Bethany Christian Services, Class of’04; Sally (Vander Griend) Vander Tuin from Cain Ellsworth, Class of ’04; Stephanie Davelaar from Interstates, Class of 2007; Ashley (Van Grouw) Wynia from Zeutenhorst Financial Inc., Class of ’06; Tammy (Caswell) Faber from Hegg Memorial Health Center, Class of ’81; Bethany (Hoksbergen) Schuller and Lisa De Stigter from Siouxland Travel and Tours, both Class of ’06; and Paul Hoogendoorn from American State Bank Investments, Class of ’06.

Other area employers who assisted in conducting interviews were Cheryl Haan from Sioux Center Christian School; Gary De Jager from Peoples Bank; Aric Van Voorst from Pella Windows; Mark Nilles from Demco Printing; and Kelli Van Roekel from Trans Ova Genetics.

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