Most of us remember our first job interview: carefully putting together a CV and letter, deciding what to wear, finding out about the company and arriving hopefully (and possibly nervously) at the employer’s premises for our meeting.
Year 11 students at The Ramsey Academy have this term been offered the opportunity to try out their skills in a mock interview process with Transporter at Gosfield. The company supported the whole process from start to finish, producing job descriptions for students to use as they wrote their CVs and covering letters to apply for the different roles. The interviews were set up to take place on Transporter’s premises and students dressed appropriately and prepared themselves for the experience by researching the company’s website and rehearsing answers to possible questions. The interviews were conducted in the same way as real interviews and gave students a valuable and realistic experience of the interview process.
Although nervous before goi
ng in, all those who participated spoke very highly of the experience and spoke of their increased confidence in going for real jobs and college places. Transporter staff who conducted the interviews gave very detailed feedback that enabled students to reflect on their interview skills and performance. They will now be able to build on these for future interviews. Transporter also took students on a tour of their business, offering an insight into the workings of a diverse local employer. One of the most interesting aspects was the feedback from Transporter about who amongst the students would have been taken on by the company if it had been a real interview situation. These students were delighted to find that they would have been successful and have been encouraged and motivated as a result.
Great thanks go to everyone at Transporter who made staff and students so welcome and especially to Isla Gill, Sales and Project Manager, who organised the visits with great enthusiasm and efficiency. - Mrs M Gibbs