Sixth Formers Perfect Their Professional Interview Technique

Interviews are often seen as daunting and stressful, so in a bid to better equip our Upper Sixth Formers for the challenge, the Princethorpe’s Careers Team organised a mock Interview Day on Thursday 12 October. Designed to perfect their interview technique, sharpen their communication skills, presentational qualities and their ability to respond to feedback, each of our Sixth Form students took part in a thirty-minute mock interview with a professional whose field of expertise matched their future study and career interests.

Some 31 professionals from backgrounds such as: Law, Medicine, Television, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy and Business kindly volunteered their time. Some were Old Princethorpians, some past or present parents, but all had responded to a request to support our pupils, in this, the most critical year of their school career.

In readiness for their one-to-one interviews pupils had submitted their curriculum vitae or personal statement to be scrutinised beforehand. Exactly like in a real interview these documents formed the basis of questions that were discussed. At the end of their interview our professionals provided valuable feedback with constructive suggestions for improvement.

Head of Careers, Jacqui Quinney, commented, “Our students were encouraged to prepare well for these interviews. Our aim was to provide them with a head start in developing their interview technique. It was an extremely important day for them all as they face the looming reality of university and workplace interviews. The skills practised today will benefit all of our students and we are immensely grateful to the parents and Old Princethorpians who have given up their time to take part in the day.”