The History of The Jeffrey Alan Gabor Jr. Interview Series
In 2014, Maclay’s Head of School James Milford began the conversation with
the Maclay Parents Organization and the Maclay Alumni Association about ways to
help prepare Maclay’s students for the critical moments they face preparing for
college like interviewing for scholarships and eventually jobs.
On February 25, 2015, Maclay School launched the first of three Junior
Interview Series dates as part of the on-going initiative to connect Maclay
students with local alumni and community members.
“By engaging the Maclay alumni and other Tallahassee leaders who
work in various professions, we begin preparing our students for future
scholarships, college, and eventual job interviews with actual interview
experience,” Milford said. “It’s another
way to give our students a leg up on a very competitive college admissions
process and help prepare them for their futures.”
What is the Junior Interview Series?
The students are provided information in several meetings on how
best to prepare for an interview including how to dress and greet the
interviewer, answer questions, and follow-up.
Volunteers from the FSU Career Center present best interviewing
practices to the juniors the week before the mock interviews took place. On the
day of the interviews, Interviewers were given evaluation sheets so that they
could provide immediate feedback to the students and offer helpful tips.
The Junior Interview Series has brought over 50 professionals, including alumni and community member, to campus to conduct mock interviews with students where they provided instruction, practice, and feedback.
Junior Interview Series has been endowed and named in honor or Jeffrey Alan
Gabor, grandfather to six Maclay students and graduates. Mr. Gabor passed
away a little over 11 years ago and was a long time resident of Tallahassee,
making indelible marks in the community. His spirit continues through the
generosity and stewardship of his family.