Mock Interviews

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Fri, 06/02/2015 - 12:17 -- Amanda Cranston

Both students and teachers appreciate business people coming into provide interview practice. It makes it real.

As with many of our programmes the format does vary to take into account the needs of schools and volunteers. This describes the typical form, and as a volunteer you will be given plenty of information about the specific event you will take part in.

Sessions are usually held in a school hall. The school organises groups of students and provide an interview structure, often developed by professional recruiters who are Ablaze volunteers.

The job of the interviewer is to conduct the interview and provide feedback directly to the student and in the form of some notes on an interview sheet for the teacher to review with the student later. They will typically interview 4 - 6 candidates, one at a time. The interviews are short, with time allocated to giving feedback and writing up some notes between each one.

This provides a taste of what it is like to attend an actual interview in a way that mock interviews with teachers or parents cannot hope to do. Many of the volunteers are people who do interview candidates regularly as part of their work and , of course, most of us who have been in the workplace for any length of time have themselves been interviewed many times. Volunteers are well able to create a realistic experience and bring out the best in the young person, helping them to face their entry into their first experiences of working life with confidence and ability. 

In feedback from volunteers we often hear of their surprise at how inspiring they have found the young people. Clearly this is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours providing an experience that teaches a valuable life-skill.