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A Very Successful Sixth Form Interview Day

12 Nov

Put together 107 Sixth Formers, 24 professionals and one day, Tuesday 12 November, and you get a very successful Sixth Form Interview Day.

To better equip our Lower Sixth for the future, the Princethorpe’s Careers Team organised a special Interview Skills Day.   Designed to perfect interview technique, sharpen communication skills, presentational qualities and the ability to respond to feedback, each of our Lower Sixth students took part in a twenty-five-minute mock interview.

Taking the role of interviewer were record numbers of senior professionals including Chief Executives, Managing Directors, HR Directors, Sales Directors and Consultants, from a variety of different business backgrounds. All were past or present parents, with years of interviewing experience out in the working world.

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

Feedback was very positive with many of the interviewers commenting on how impressed they were with the College’s Lower Sixth.

Head of Careers, Jacqui Quinney, commented, “Our Lower Sixth 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 volunteer interviewers who have given up their time to take part in the day.”