On Wednesday 9 July I had the pleasure of attending Newman Catholic School as part of their Year 10 ‘Preparing for Employment’ project.
David Allen were invited by the school to attend and help by playing an interviewer for a morning, providing students with a mock interview experience. There were representatives from ten different businesses from our local area including the Army, ASDA Superstore and Gen 2.
Jackie Brough, Assistant Headteacher, welcomed us to the school and gave us a brief overview of how the morning would progress. We were all given four questions to guide us through the interviews and a list of the students we would be seeing during the morning, along with their individual job aspirations.
The students were visibly nervous as they entered the hall and were shown to our desks; they all looked very smart and interview ready wearing business wear instead of their usual school uniforms.
I interviewed seven students across the morning and was very impressed with them all! They gave eloquent and thoughtful answers to the questions I asked them and it was obvious that they had really prepared themselves for the event. Of the pupils I spoke with, none had ever experienced an interview before, so it was great to be able to go through the process with them and follow this up with some valuable feedback, explaining their strengths and weaknesses and what they can improve on for when they enter the real working world!
The morning was a great experience for both the interviewers and the interviewees. For the students it was a great chance for them to experience an interview and gain some valuable experience which will stand them in good stead for the future.
At David Allen we are proud to support our local schools and the development of young people. Thanks must go to Newman School for asking us to be part of their ‘Preparing for Employment’ project, we wish all the students luck in their future search for employment and look forward to working with the school again soon.