Wednesday 24 March 2016
As part of Work Experience and the “World of Work” programme, Year 10 pupils were taken off timetable and taught all about the job search process. They had just one day to create a CV, write a letter of application and complete an application form based on a job profile linked to their work experience placement. The work they produced was then sent, unchecked to be scrutinised by the employer that would be interviewing them on Mock Interview Day.
The visiting employers were all used to conducting interviews so this was as close to a real life job search process as possible. The school hall was sectioned off into separate areas so that individual interviews could be more private. With so much concentration it was easy to forget everyone else in the room and to focus on the questions and answers at the interview. Some of the pupils found the time went very quickly and were glad they had prepared their letters, application forms and CVs so well as many of the questions were based on them.
Just before their interview time was due; each interview candidate arrived at reception and waited to be called in. Pupils had to remember everything they had been taught over the last few weeks….how to shake hands, how to sit, remember not to fiddle with anything, keeping eye contact etc. and that was before they had even been asked a question!
Most pupils left the interview smiling, feeling relieved and confident that they had done well. Hopefully this will alleviate any fears they may have had and ensure they enter their next interview with a new found confidence and a better understanding of what is expected of them!
We are grateful to the local employers for giving up their valuable time to support Mock Interview Day. It has given pupils an experience they would not otherwise have had. The feedback they have provided will help ensure that real job applications meet the standards employers look for.