Annual Mock Interviews

Industry Professionals Provide Career Readiness for HSHM Students


The High School of Hospitality Management’s Advisory Board conducts Mock Interviews for HSHM students on a yearly basis. This culminating sequence of career readiness aids in assisting students in perfecting their interviewing skills. They attend workshops in resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies, as well as a trip to the American Management Association to hone their skills for the Mock Interview. Each student presents themselves to one of the 17 Industry Professionals present. The students were judged on their Resume, Appearance and Poise, Skill Presentation, and Delivery and Language Skills.  Written evaluations from their interviewers were reviewed with students after the interview.  Students also completed a reflection form on their experience and how they thought they can improve their interviewing skills.

Two Advisory Board Members who were instrumental in the success of the Mock Interviews.  Ms. Marina Marmut, Director of Operation Enterprise, from the American Management Association and LaTonnia Garrett, Area Manager of People & Culture, Kimpton Hotels. They were responsible for providing workshops as part of the process to get students ready for the Mock Interviews.

According to the Mock Interview Rubric, 20 students (60%) out of 33, scored enough points to be hired or considered for a job. This far exceeds the previous years, which gives credit to the Advisory Board and the 10th grade teachers for their leadership in preparing the students for the Mock Interviews.   

Mock Interviews

List of Industry Interviewers

Mark Hurewitz, General Manager Skyline Hotel

Michelle Santos, Front Office Manager, Skyline Hotel

Javone Beverly, Director of Human Resource, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square

LaTonnia Garrett, Area People & Culture Manager, Kimpton Hotels

Nicole Ozan, Area People & Culture Manager, Kimpton Hotels

Bill Feinstein, Area People & Culture Director, Kimpton Hotels

Nick Pappagallo, Hotel Manager Courtyard Marriott Manhattan Soho

Jackie Ceser, Director of Human Resource, Courtyard Marriott Manhattan Soho

Sara Nolan, CMP, Director of Event Planning, JW Marriott Essex House

Sean Cassidy, Hotel Manager, Westin New York At Times Square

Alex Fish, Food & Beverage Manager, Westin New York At Times Square

Kenny Imafidon, Director of Front Office, Westin New York At Times Square

Marina Marmut, Director of Operations Enterprise, American Management Association

Barbara Zung, Director of Human Resource, American Management Association

Jeff Fagan, Global Accounts Executive, Marriott Hotels

Russell Porter, Director of Sales, Hilton Garden Inn 

Joe Dnistrian, Sr. Facilities Manager, CBRE/Bank of America