We were delighted to make an impact at Freman College as part of the ELSA get work ready day. Alongside organisations such as the Royal Navy, Tesco, GSK and Computer Center, SuperStar Communicator provided interview practice and experience for Year 12s at the college. It was a rewarding day for us and we thank the college for being so welcoming.
The aim of the day was to prepare the talented year 12 students for work. This could be, in the short term, getting a part-time job, but also for their long term career plans and success. There were a range of organisations providing workshops and talks for the students. As I was in the interview room, I didn’t see the workshops, but I understand they involved some team work and active participation in problem solving. These workshops were great ways to introduce the students to a variety of job opportunities and sectors.
“Given that I didn’t speak during an interview for a Saturday job aged 16, this was a great way to reassure the students that they would do better than me!”
I was asked to do some interview skills and practice with some talented students. Many of them were very nervous: but I assured them immediately. Given that I didn’t speak during an interview for a Saturday job aged 16, this was a great way to reassure the students that they would do better than me! As well as asking them a range of questions, we discussed how we could prepare for an interview. I have shared some top tips to making an impact.
We all want to make an impact in interviews. Here are some top tips from the day at Freman College.
- Do some research about the job you have applied for
- Also research the people who will interview you. (Google them)
- Think about some experiences you might have had in your life that you could discuss
- Try to create “a case study library” of experiences. This could include volunteer roles; experiences from playing sport in a team; performing with others, even organising your time for doing studying.
- Really be in the moment for the interview. This is a 2 way conversation, so really listen to the question.
- The interviewers are wanting to see your interest and enthusiasm for the job
- They are not expecting you to be an expert at that job
- Don’t fret about anything you have said; move forward and do your best
It is so important to remember that any interview is a two way conversation. ELSA is doing an amazing job at supporting students in the Hertfordshire area. There is a place for everyone and everyone has a talent to contribute to the world. I just wish ELSA had been around when I was in Year 12. But I am sure the students of Freman College will make an impact in interviews!