CHTM holds mock job application process for freshman BS HRM students

by Mr. Caleb Donne Coniate

In line with its thrust of constantly preparing Trinitians for growth opportunities sought for or that openly present themselves, the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM), in partnership with the Global Education and Industry Relations Office (GEIRO), held an intensified Mock Job Application Process on May 20 and 24 for its 30 freshman BS Hotel and Restaurant Management students. The said students were completing their Personality Development and Public Relations course under Assoc. Prof. Sheryl Salazar this semester.

“The mock interview has always been a part of the course syllabus. This time, however, Dean Trinidad and I decided to raise the bar to help the students, early as in their freshman year, see more clearly what they are bound to do right and what needs improvement. That way, they have more than three years to learn or re-learn and make the adjustments,” said Prof. Salazar.

Prior to the mock job application, a training entitled “Acing Your Job Interview” was conducted by industry partner AcadSoc on May 20 at 9am-12nn. The talk focused on professional grooming and styling, job interview etiquette, and preparing for the expected and non-expected job interview questions.

Before May 24, the students were required to submit their resume and to prepare for the mock job interview on May 24 at 7:30am-12nn. There were three groups of “job applicants”;  those in Group 1 were individually interviewed by Mr. Caleb Donne Coniate (Manager, GEIRO) and Ms. Jette Albano (Director, Guidance Center), Group 2 met Mr. John-john Howard (CEO, Career Opportunities) and Ms. Eiffelene Salvador-Howard (Director of Operations, Career Opportunities), and Group 3 interacted with Ms. Monisa Shiela Baretto-Lacsamana (Partner, Top Air Cabin Crew Training Center) and Ms. Mitch Cabunilas-Domingo (General Manager, Top Air Cabin Crew Training Center).

“Very excited,” said the College Dean, Dr. Pong Trinidad when asked on the activity. “I want to add that there will be a follow up activity on this. Before these same students graduate, there will be another mock interview. Progress and maturity are expected, of course. We want to be assured that before our dear students leave the college, they are well-equipped in all aspects of the tourism hospitality industry.”