Representatives from a diverse range of local businesses were invited into John Hanson School last week, to provide invaluable interview experience for 160 Year 10 pupils.
Having introduced themselves to the interviewer, students were asked a number of questions aimed at getting them used to conversing in a one-to-one interview situation.
Constructive feedback based on observations such as confidence, appearance, body language and enthusiasm was noted by the interviewer, with this being relayed to the students after the event.
This was the first event of its kind at John Hanson and was put together by Work Related Learning Coordinator, Julia Pitt, Careers advisor Lynn Richards, and Assistant Head teacher, Mike Adams.
The day was made possible with funding from Test Valley Borough Council and ESF Find a Future, arranged by Maureen Tomlinson. Local employers including Test Valley Borough Council, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Be Wiser, MA Hinton Roofing, Brookwood Marketing, Randall Parker Foods, Global Dynamics Human Resourcing and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were represented, with everyone involved being impressed by the high standard of the pupils that they were interviewing.
Sam Abraham, Business Performance Manager at Lloyds Banking Group said “Myself and a colleague were delighted to be invited to take part in the Interview awareness day. I had made an unfair assumption that the students would come unprepared and would have little to say – I was proved very wrong. The students at John Hanson are a credit to the school and their parents, they came prepared, were enthusiastic and really care about their exams and the grades they want to achieve. These students are articulate and clearly interested in their futures and it was an absolute pleasure to take part as a large local employer”
Rachel Hinton, MA Hinton Roofing Ltd commented “As an employer, I was very impressed with the children that came to me to be interviewed. All were very well spoken, the majority were well groomed and they were a great asset to the school. Hopefully today’s interview practise gave them some insight into the ‘ real world ‘ and the expectations of future employers.”
The Interview Skills Day will become an annual event, as part of John Hanson’s commitment to providing a first class Careers programme.