Year 10 students at Ken Stimpson school received a fantastic experience when they had a day of mock work interviews with actual local employers. The 120 students each had an interview with one of the volunteers lasting around 15 minutes and were asked questions typical to that asked in a real work interview such as talking about their strengths and weaknesses, proudest achievements and teamwork.
Prior to the session the students were given a brief on what to expect and how to act appropriately. The students had taken part in a CV writing workshop previous to the interview day and were asked to bring these along as well to the interview so they could also be looked through by the business volunteers.
Volunteers from BGL Group, 3aaa, AIM, RHA, HMRC, Bauer Media, AB Agri, Babcock International, JCP, Caterpillar, Festival Bridge all saw students over three sessions throughout the day. The interviews not only gave the students valuable experience but the business volunteers were able to offer advice and feedback on their performance and also CVs.
It was great to see so many students leaving the interviews with huge smiles on their faces and lots of positive chatter between themselves, especially after seeing that some were extremely nervous before going in. Not only was the day a huge positive success for the students but also the business volunteers had a great day and said that the students were engaging and a pleasure to talk to and it was great to see how many students already had some idea on where they would like their career paths to go.
Sumeya Mussa, Front Line Manager for the HMRC, described the event as “a great opportunity to assist young individuals prepare for the future, a really rewarding experience!”