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Lower Sixth Practise Essential Interview Technique

10 Nov

To better equip our Lower Sixth Formers for the challenge of interviews, the College’s Sixth Form team organised a mock Interview Day.

It took place on Tuesday 10 November and was the perfect opportunity for the students to perfect technique, sharpen communication skills, presentational qualities and their ability to respond to feedback.

This year, for the first time, the Interview Day took place virtually and 124 Lower Sixth students prepared for and participated in a twenty-minute interview. Each interview was conducted by one of 22 professionals, many with senior management experience, who had kindly volunteered their time.

In readiness for their one-to-one interviews, pupils had submitted their curriculum vitae 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.

There was some fantastic feedback from the interviewers, including, “I was really impressed by the maturity of the students. They were all very positive in their attitude and a delight to work with”, “All of the students were delightful and a credit to themselves and the school” and “What an enjoyable morning I had with some clearly talented Princethorpe students.”

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, apprenticeship and workplace interviews. The skills practised today will benefit all of our students and we are immensely grateful to the professionals who have given up their time to take part in the day.”