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Mock interview event encourages students to aim high

Published on 11/12/15

A mock interview day at Orchard School proved of huge benefit to students, with some even discussing potential work experience placements.

A mock interview day at Orchard School proved of huge benefit to students, with some even discussing potential work experience placements.
 
The day was supported by Ablaze, who helped organise the event, as well as a 'Tax facts' session for the Year 10 students.
 
The students attended interviews with employers from various companies including Ernst and Young, Smith Williamson, Thrings Law Firm, Rolls Royce, City of Bristol College, Highways Agency and many more. 
 
We have had great feedback from the employers including:
 
"Having attended an event at another school, I would say the students here were more open and engaged with the experience" – Rolls Royce
 
"I really liked all the enthusiasm of all the students" – Pricewater Cooper

"The young people were a credit to the school" – 3AAA
 
And brilliant feedback from some of the students from the day:

"At first I thought I was going to be nervous but through the interview it didn’t feel that way – the interviewer was friendly and really interesting."

"It helped me think about the possibility of university."

"The interviewers were really helpful and gave good advice to help me think about my future."

"I learnt that experiences aren't scary – I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m happy I got to learn about what I can improve upon."

"To ask good questions, not to just the employer but to think about how others may be able to help in the business – thank you for this opportunity."

"The feedback made me want to aim higher and be more confident."

The day also allowed some of the young people to discuss securing work experience places well done Year 10!