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On Friday 3rd February, every Year 11 student was involved in a mock interview. The idea of the experience is that students are given the opportunity to practice their interview technique and etiquette with representatives from the world of work. They filled in an application form in preparation for the day.

The students had to come to school on that day dressed to impress and they certainly did just that, every student making the right first impressions in their chosen business attire. They ensured that they conducted themselves in a professional manner, greeting the employers, introducing themselves and shaking hands as though they had been attending interviews for years. 

We had a record number of employers volunteer their time to come in and conduct the interviews, all of whom were very impressed with the way that students conducted themselves:

“I met some impressive young people who had clearly been well briefed, as they fully engaged in the interview process and were a credit to the school.”

“I was able to give brief verbal feedback at the end of the interviews and I honestly informed the ‘candidates’ that I would offer them a job based on their interview performance!”

“Please pass on my congratulations to the students and all the staff who supported the event behind the scenes.”

These were just a few of the comments from the employers who also gave feedback to every student they interviewed about their application form and their responses to the questions asked. A valuable experience for Year 11 and one that I think they will never forget.

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