On Wednesday of this week, in conjunction with NYBEP we held mock interviews for 199 Year 10 students. The students had been well-prepared beforehand. They had to complete an application form similar to one used by companies. They had an assembly about the typical questions that can arise in a job interview and they had to research the company their interviewer came from. Students were allowed to come in normal uniform or dress in business attire: it just had to look smart! Many took the opportunity to “power dress” with a smart dress or business suit. They had to turn up 5 minutes before their appointed interview time, and nobody was late! Waiting for their interviews outside the Main Hall where the interviews took place, there were quite a few nerves, but after the interview students were more relaxed and many enjoyed it. Almost all said it was a really useful experience as now they knew what to expect from a job or college interview.
The employers were very impressed and several said they wanted to offer students a job!
Here are some of the comments employers made about our students (anonymised, of course!):
“Very personable young man. Caring. A clear idea of where he is going. Good eye contact, self-confident, open and able to give real life examples of statements he made. Very much enjoyed talking with him.”
“She was shy, but gave an excellent interview. She explained how she overcame the challenge of a new school. Very smart.”
“Good question to me. Great start, lovely young man. Very focused and knows what he wants to do. Knows his strengths and weaknesses. Very impressive.”
“Excellent! Really great interview. Answered all the questions very well in a calm and eloquent manner. Really good experiences. I was very impressed with her extra-curricular activities. I am confident she has a fantastic career ahead of her.”
“Excellent question asked. Polite & well-spoken. Nervous at the beginning but became more confident and gave very good answers. Maintained eye contact and was friendly & interested. Very good interview, just needs to be a bit more confident.”
“Well prepared and well presented. Good communicator. He gave good examples of teamwork and problem solving. Did his research. All round brilliant. Would employ.”
“Really good interview. Thought on his feet and brought out some good examples to turn the questions to his favour. Came across as mature and well-rounded individual. Quite open and honest.”
We were very pleased with both how well the event went and the feedback from employers and students. This is definitely going to be a fixture in our annual careers education cycle.