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Posted on: 27 November 2017

Best Foot Forward for Mock Interviews

Last week, Year 11 students at The Petersfield School attended a workshop on how to conduct yourself at an interview in preparation for today’s Mock Interview Day. The workshop was designed to show students the best ways of coming forward in the business world. To help them there were a series of interactive role-plays involving GCSE Drama students as interviewers and our very own Year 11 students got in role as a candidate looking for their next big job. There was training on body language and communication skills plus familiar TPS staff played fantastic cameo roles in two short films on how to present yourself at interview and commonly asked interview questions.

The students had created their CVs and written letters of application for a variety of jobs, and on Friday they attended interviews.  The interviewers were volunteers from many sectors of business and education, and we are very grateful for their time and expertise.

The Mock Interview Day itself was a massive success: 29 interviewers from various different business sectors including engineering, law, computer tech firms and medicine came in and interviewed 268 Year 11 students over the course of the day. Our interviewers were extremely struck by the maturity and professionalism of our students. The students could opt to wear “business dress” or their uniform, and there were some very smartly turned out applicants!  Many students reported that they had been told that “if you’d really been applying for a job at my company you would have got the job!” Although almost all students arrived feeling nervous and apprehensive, they left feeling challenged and relieved.

Later our interviewers said:

"Once again it was refreshing to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff, students and interviewing volunteers for this project. Even though there was a broad range of abilities, all the students were engaged and enthusiastic in their own way.”

“…..A wonderful day with some fantastic students. Everyone was very professional and committed which is quite something considering they were all only 15 or 16 years old. I had a great time and would do this again any time.”

Many thanks and well done to all involved.

Mr Curtis and Mrs Heath