A group of Sixth Form students took part in mock interviews, organised by Progress and Welfare Coach, Ms Niles, and Careers Adviser, Mrs McDermott, through an initiative run by Leeds Job Centre.
Following the success of last year’s interviews, these staff members arranged for volunteers from the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘Community 10,000 Volunteer Project’ to take part. Three volunteers kindly came into school to conduct the interviews with over 40 students.
The experience was designed to be as real as possible; students were given official interview invitations and were asked to dress smartly and prepare for the questions that could be asked. Janet Clarke, from Leeds Job Centre, and Mrs McDermott began the morning by briefing the students, giving them some insight into the process as well as offering some tips on how to impress.
Although the students were all very apprehensive in the run up to the event, they all showed courage by taking part. Some attended their interview in smart business-dress and brought along a copy of their CV to refer to.
The students enjoyed the experience and came out of their interviews smiling when it was all over. They were given scores and feedback on their technique, helping them to prepare for their futures and the many more interviews ahead. Be it applying for a course or looking for a job, the students who took part gained valuable experience and a boost to their confidence.
Ms Niles said, “I was really proud of how the students conducted themselves and we got some great feedback from the interviewers.”