During the ACHE Congress in Chicago in March, optional mock interviews for first year HCAD students were held for the first time. Several HCADAA board members gave generously of their time, reviewing resumes and helping students hone their interview skills in preparation for the Preceptors' Conference held on May 2-3. The 17 mock interviews were conducted in close proximity to the ACHE Congress so students could take advantage of the mock interviews as well as attend Congress sessions.
Board members and students face the mock interview process high marks and plans are underway to continue the mock interviews next year during Congress. Board members commented that such mentoring activities are integral to the strength of the HCADAA and its growing network. Art Herrera '15 said the confidence-boosting interviews were especially successful "because of our ability to interview with such great, insightful individuals. Their critiques were genuine and constructive."
Special thanks to the five HCADAA board members who participated in the 2014 mock interview sessions: Dorothy Benavidez '89, Jim Bohnsack B.S. '97, M.S.-HCAD '99, Ashley Hixon '00, Kevin Ormand '98, and Heidi Pandya B.S. '00,M.S.-HCAD '05.