Foster kids going off to college or already attending learned job interview skills from an expert.
Be prepared. Be early. Research the company. No jeans. No T-shirts, advised GL Homes’ human resources vice president Carol Duncanson. “Be honest in a positive way, but don’t get too personal. Focus on the job.
“Be ready to say what you would improve if you’re asked about your weaknesses,” she said to answer a student’s question.
“He looked me in the eye and shook my hand,” she said after role-playing with a student. That confidence impressed her, she added.
GL Homes provided the speaker and lunch from The Lord’s Place Joshua Catering Company for the college sendoff at Best Foot’s West Boca office Friday. The nonprofit supports foster kids who want to continue their education.
Students received a detailed binder with everything from their school calendar to financial and scholarship information, said college coach Karen Feigenbaum.
GL Homes provided a phone charger. And swag bags that even had popcorn and laundry detergent were lined up in the hallway.
Supporting Best Foot Forward is in sync with GL Homes’ excellence in education efforts, said Sarah Alsofrom, community relations for GL Homes Philanthropy.
As a sponsor of Best Foot’s “Dare to Dream” gala in April, Alsofrom was impressed with the kids. And especially co-founders Donna Biase and Debbie Ellman.
“They made sure to thank everyone there,” she said.
So, she met to ask them what the company could do next. On Friday, Biase introduced her, Duncanson and two other GL staffers.
“You’re actually putting your best foot forward,” Duncanson told the students. “The focus is on you.”
By Marci Shatzman