Interviewing the younger generation of future employees

Year 10 students took part in mock interviews on Thursday 19 & 20 January 2017 to provide them with practice for a real life interview in the future e.g. job, college or university interview. With 110 students taking part, they were interviewed by local employers, allowing the students to gain valuable feedback on how they could improve their interview skills.

 Local businesses involved included: Sirius Minerals, Routes to Employment, Middlesbrough College, Tees Valley Unlimited, Redcar and Cleveland College, Job Centre, Carillon, Castle Grange Technologies, Burrows Estate Agents, Warsett ltd and Waugh Games.

We would like to say thank you to all of the local businesses who were involved and thank them for giving their time to help the future employees.

Dawn Ward M.N.A.E.A, Managing Director of Burrows, told us about her experience as an interviewer during the Mock Interview Days…

I was honoured, along with my colleague Ian Winspear, to participate in the Mock Interview Days structured by Post 16 @ Freebrough allowing Year 10 students to gain valuable experience. From the onset this event was well organised and enjoyable, the Freebrough staff provided us with immense support.

This was my first experience in this role and it was made so much easier by the students I interviewed, portraying themselves in such a strong, confident and comfortable manor.

The group of students I interviewed were, Page, Ada, Anna, Jamie, Kyran, Hannah, Dannielle, Kayleigh, Sophie and Patricia.

During the interview process I found that the invitation to take part in a personal interview had affected all the students in different levels. It’s a stressful situation and I was extremely impressed with the way the students came across when combatting underlying nerves.

All the students I interviewed adapted well to the interview process and they came up with excellent answers to the questions we asked. Also on a one to one level, at the end of each interview we discussed with each student the content of the interview and all responded amazingly well to the comments we made. The comments were completely honest and sometimes pointed out small negatives, which the students understood were brought up to create a further positive for the future.

I found all the students covering letters and CVs to be well thought through and the content to be informative and precise. The students had drive, motivation and ambition.

The major points in the interview for me were:

  1. Talking too much or not enough
  2. Failing to do research on the role applied for
  3. Punctuality for the appointment
  4. Self Presentation

Each student set themselves apart in different ways, however one particular student stood out, Ada Y10.

I fully enjoyed taking part in this event and it was a pleasure to be one of the businesses taking part, to support the developing skills of the younger generation of future employees.  

Dawn Ward M.N.A.E.A, Managing Director of Burrows


More Quotes from Interviewers

“I enjoyed this opportunity, it allowed me to enhance my own professional development. I was pleased to see students have their own understanding of where they want to go.”

“It’s always such a pleasure to be part of Mock Interview Day at Freebrough! So well organised, good scheduling and the refreshments are fab! A great day and the pupils are a credit to the school. Thank you.”