Mock interviews give students the opportunity to brush up their interview technique, learn about their chosen profession / sector and reduce anxiety for the real thing. They also highlight the knowledge, skills and personal attributes of your students to potential employers.
“Although very busy, the employers were happy to get involved because it wasn’t too much of a commitment. They were also able to raise awareness of future opportunities with their companies”. Frank Hamer, Teaching Fellow, University of Plymouth
School of Computing, Communications & Electronics, University of Plymouth
Working with the careers service we organised mock interviews for second and final year students from our electrical engineering programme with employers from local engineering companies. The aim was to give the students a real insight into the interview process and some interview practice.
We contacted seven local engineering companies and four agreed to help, although one subsequently pulled out. Some of the contacts we made were with Plymouth graduates and we also contacted employers that either we or the careers service already knew. We arranged the interviews at the end of the autumn term when the students were starting to think about forthcoming interviews, either for jobs or one year industrial placements. It was optional for students to sign up for interviews but there was a lot of interest and we filled all of the available slots.
The employers conducted their interviews in the careers service and each one set aside half a day for this, interviewing six students each. Each interview slot was thirty minutes, with twenty minutes for the interview and ten minutes for feedback. The careers service hosted the interviews for us and so looked after the employers and provided a reception service for the students.
“The students liked having a real interview experience and felt more nervous before hand because they were meeting somebody from outside of the university. They also valued the feedback they received”. Frank Hamer, Teaching Fellow, University of Plymouth
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