Students learned important skills and what to avoid when interviewing for a job at last Tuesday’s TJX panel and workshop at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus.
TJX Canada, which owns Marshall’s, HomeSense, and Winners, hosted the event, which aimed to teach students how to ace their interviews with employers. The workshop and panel were part of a five-year strategic partnership Humber College has with the firm.
Tiffany Forde, a second year Bachelor of Commerce Fashion Management student, said she appreciates having events like this.
“Because I’m coming into my final year, which is a work placement, I’m always on the lookout for what might be available, and how to be successful in that work placement,” said Forde.
The workshop, led by Teresa Gabriele, the senior talent acquisition specialist for TJX, aims to help students navigate their way through job postings, and ultimately the job interview.
“It’s a job finding a job,” said Gabriele. “There’s a war on talent out there. With so many talented people looking for jobs, it’s important to make yourself stand out.”
One way to achieve this is to be informed about the company you’re applying to, said Gabriele. That could mean reading what companies are saying about themselves through job postings and social media, or even visiting the location of the job in person.
It’s also important to give meaningful answers during the interview itself.
“Employers want to not only know how you can handle yourself in difficult situations, but they also want to know that you can validate your answer with personal experience,” said Gabriele.
Antoniette DiMarco, manager of the Humber Business School Placement Centre, said it’s all about giving students the tools they need to succeed after graduation.
The five-year partnership began in 2013, and was facilitated by Alvina Cassiani, dean of The Business School.
As part of the partnership, TJX provides Humber students with employment and internship opportunities as well as having an active presence on campus.
“They come on campus quite a bit. Many students, especially Fashion Management students, are eager to be a part of the events. It’s a chance for anyone who wants to develop their skills and knowledge in retail marketing,” said DiMarco.
Accessibility to these resources is what the Business School Placement Centre is all about.
Allison Scully, the Work Placement Advisor at the Placement Centre, said events like this happen all the time, and that they have a Retail Management Grad Program coming up in just a couple of weeks.
“It’s important for us to give (students) as much opportunity as possible, and to allow them to obtain the information they need, whether it be about interview skills inside the classroom or other platforms,” said Mary Anne Myers, a Business Degree placement advisor.
“Events like this allow students to be able to ask actual industry professionals what they want to know. It allows them to take away more information than they could anywhere else,” she said.
“Ultimately, we’ve been very fortunate with our partnership with TJX,” said DiMarco.