As the world evolves and job markets become increasingly competitive, it’s essential to equip our youth with the skills and confidence they need to succeed. At Ernesford Grange, a school in Coventry, Year 11 students were fortunate to receive valuable insights and practical experience through mock interviews conducted in collaboration with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. This initiative aimed to help students prepare for their future careers, offering them a glimpse into the professional world and valuable feedback from a range of employers for personal and professional growth.
The mock interview sessions were an integral part of the students’ preparation for life beyond the classroom. These sessions provided students with a unique opportunity to practice their interview techniques, understand what to expect in a real interview, and receive constructive feedback. Organized by a dedicated team of educators and volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce, these interviews simulated real-world job interviews, helping students develop the skills and confidence necessary to excel in their future careers.
The success of this initiative became evident through the positive feedback received from the participating students. Many students expressed how the mock interviews significantly contributed to their confidence, understanding, and readiness for the professional world. One student shared, “This experience has helped with my confidence. Understanding what to expect in a real interview and receiving some positive feedback on how to improve in the future.”
Recruitment lead Anita Tomsett at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training said: “Each year, we consider it a significant achievement to contribute to our local schools, assisting students in preparing for their future careers. Mock interviews play a pivotal role in this process, offering students invaluable experience in a professional setting. For many of these students, these mock interviews mark their very first exposure to a formal interview procedure.”
The collaboration between Ernesford Grange and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce exemplifies the importance of preparing our youth for successful careers. Through mock interviews, students gain valuable experience and confidence, while employers can contribute to the development of a skilled and prepared workforce. Together, we can bridge the gap between education and employment, ensuring a brighter future for individuals.