Marketing Classes "Speed" Through Interviews

Everything today seems to be done at a fast pace.  Even giving a two-minute “elevator pitch” is done using a “speed” approach.  As part of the introduction to marketing (MKT 2010) class, students prepare a Career Marketing Plan project that ends with a session of speed interviews.  Business professionals from area companies listen to students for two minutes and then give feedback on how well the students presented.  After five minutes a bell rings, and the students move to another professional, improving their “sales pitch” each time.

This semester 18 companies sent 23 representatives to serve as interviewers. Those companies participating in the speed interviews for the first time included Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Coca-Cola, EY, Group Management Systems, MultiView, Northwestern Mutual, and Tom James.

Following the speed interview sessions, the top three students with the highest point totals were announced and the winner earned an iPad Mini. The class with the highest overall score was also announced.

  • 1st Place – Ryan Carpenter
  • 2nd Place – Joe Seipel
  • 3rd Place – Drew Small  
  • The best class overall - Dr. David Reid’s 4:30 class

With the completion of the speed interviews, these students will take their enhanced presentation skills to the next job fair and use them to obtain an internship or co-op.