RES Year 11 Big Interview
On Thursday 22nd October volunteers from our local business community came to R E S to once again support our Year 11 Big Interview Day.
As an Enterprise School we are committed to preparing students in the best way possible for their future working lives. Earlier in the year students in Year 11 took part in CV workshops and have been writing their own CV and covering letter for a job that they have an interest in when they leave school. This was quite a challenge for some, as many students do not know what they would like to do post 16-18 education. These documents formed the basis of the interview today.
27 volunteers, from a range of different businesses, arrived to interview around 200 students in one morning! We had an amazing response this year from the following companies ~
Recognition Express, DHL, Mount Business Services, DBA Speakers, Fasset Business & Property Solutions, Hersham Place Technology Park, IBM, The Rotary Club, Recognition Express, British Airways, British Gas, Attwood Burton Recruitment, Elementa Consulting, St Peters Church-Hersham and WNS.
Without such support this day would not be possible so we are enormously grateful for all that took time out of their valuable working day to help our students.
The Main Hall was the base for the interviews and each student had been given a 20 minute interview time. Students arrived nervously but looking extremely smart in their business attire. They were allocated to an interviewer and spent time discussing the job role they had applied for whilst the interviewer asked them many different questions about themselves, their knowledge about the job and their suitability. This experience of applying for a job and having an interview will be, in some cases, the first time for our students. The students were then given feedback from the interviewer, which they can use along with thier interview skills, to take forward for a real life interview situation either for a job or a college place. All students also received a Certificate signed by their interviewer to confirm their attendance of the day.
The interviews were finished by 12.00pm with each interviewer seeing around 5-6 students each. A debrief of the day and lunch took place in the Business & Enterprise Suite with an opportunity for the various businesses to network and feedback on the days events.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers that gave up their valuable time to help interview our students today. Without them this day would not be possible.
If anyone is interested in volunteering in next year’s Big Interview Day please contact Sarah Maton ~ Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on 01932 242994 x361 or email