Every year, the nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance teams up with the Portland Human Resource Management Association to organize mock interviews for students at the NW Youth Careers Expo. This is a great opportunity for HR professionals (and other caring adults with interviewing experience)  to help teenagers build their interviewing skills and career readiness.

PWA works with the schools and coordinates the event. PHRMA, an Expo sponsor and volunteer powerhouse, works closely with PWA on recruitment and community outreach. Will you join us?

NW Youth Careers Expo
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
9 am to 1:30 pm
Oregon Convention Center
HR volunteers:  We’re looking to sign up about 160 volunteers for mock interview shifts and short sessions on interviewing and job hunting. See a photo gallery from 2016 here.


More than 1,000 students have already registered for mock interviews. These one-on-one conversations are among the most popular and valuable parts of the annual NW Youth Careers Expo, the Northwest’s largest career-education experience for high school students. Exhibitors at the Expo include the region’s leading employers in every major sector, as well as community colleges, apprenticeship training centers and four-year universities.


Why volunteer?

Help Oregon schools: Did you know Oregon has the nation’s third lowest graduation rate? (We actually dropped a notch last year.)

Support young people: Whether students are thriving or struggling in school, most need assistance developing their confidence and oral communication skills.

Give back to your community: Help students learn best practices for job search, networking, and interview/resume skill building.

Rejuvenate: Many HR professionals have volunteered at the Expo for many years. It’s an energizing day and a great opportunity to connect with young people who are full of potential.

Mock interviews at the NW Youth Careers Expo: 160 volunteers needed!