It’s Startup Effect season, and the New Orleans team just selected our first group of students from KIPP Central City Academy (KCCA), an amazing charter school near downtown New Orleans. We put them through a pretty intense selection process, consisting of a written application and a one-on-one interview. To be honest, I initially didn’t know what to expect from our applicants, but I was quickly blown away. I want to highlight several responses we received on our written applications that exemplify the enthusiastic, forward-looking, and driven nature of our students:
“In 5 years from now I see myself bigger and better than I am now.”
“In 10 years, I see myself in a house with my family and a good job.”
“I want to learn to do all types of things with companies and to use a computer, because almost everything these days is controlled by some sort of computer.”
“I am a gentle soul with a hard working heart."
Furthermore, the majority of our students had never had an interview before, which created a fantastic learning opportunity and some lively discussion. We debriefed after all the interviews were over and came to several conclusions as a group:
1. It’s OK to be nervous, you’ll calm down as you start talking to the interviewer.
2. Come prepared, so you sound sharp and comfortable.
3. Be yourself! The interviewer wants to get to know you. Don’t try to be someone you are not.
These are good points to keep in mind no matter who you are, but especially for those about to prep for their first interview.
So, now that our kids are expert interviewers, they are ready to face the many challenges and experiences that lie ahead during this first Startup Effect term!