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Online mock interviews hailed a success

An interviewer who took part in South Bromsgrove High School’s mock interview day for Year 11 said that the concept, and standard of the students, had set the benchmark for others to follow.

In previous years, representatives from local business and enterprise have visited the school to conduct one-to-one interviews so that all 335 Y11 students could experience and practice in what can be quite a stressful situation. This year, with COVID restrictions in place, the school moved the whole exercise online. Students joined the interviewers for a video call lasting up to 20 minutes that included questions, feedback on performance and advice for the future.

The students said the experience was of great benefit to them and they got a lot of a pointers of how to improve, such as learning to sell themselves better and to develop the examples they use to demonstrate their personal qualities. Most started off a bit nervous but warmed to the exercise and ended up taking away a big boost to their confidence.

Mr Clark, Careers Lead said, “We are so grateful for the interviewers who have volunteered their time to support our students in this way. It is always an invaluable exercise in giving the students a chance to practice their interview skills, especially in the new normal of online working. This cohort missed out on their job shadowing opportunity last summer, due to lockdown, so it has been very important to give them the chance to learn how to conduct themselves in an unknown situation.”

The school’s careers programme will be utilising online video later in the year with alumni talks for the Sixth Form and employer “visits” for Year 9.