Students in Year 11 were put through their paces in mock interviews as part of the Academy’s extensive careers programme. The Academy provides mock interviews so as to prepare students to take part for real when they come to apply for places at college.
Sixteen visitors from local employers, university and college tutors and trustees of the Academy gave up their time to deliver this opportunity. The interviewers came from a range of backgrounds and their expertise and knowledge is crucial in supporting our students’ future decisions.
Students were expected to present themselves to a very high standard, dress professionally, and bring a copy of their record of achievement to the “interview.” They were asked an array of questions and each given feedback from their interviewer. The aim of the interviews is to give students an opportunity to experience a formal work-related interview, build their confidence and develop their communication skills.
Samantha Daley, of Huddersfield New College, told us: “Today’s event was really well organised and provided a fabulous opportunity for the students. They were delightful to speak to and it is really encouraging to hear their ambitions regarding their future studies and to see that they have a coherent career path. Based on today’s performance, I look forward to seeing some of them at our college next September. ”
Later this year, Year 11 students will have to undergo an interview for colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeships. Mock interviews allow students to hone their communication skills and help them to appreciate what employers are looking for in potential candidates.
Thank you to all interviewers who gave up their time.