The students attended the school in business dress ready to make a good impression on the 35 business ambassadors from 20 different local companies.
The students spent the morning taking part in careers relating workshops learning more about interview techniques and transferrable skills. They had sessions delivered by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Destination Innovation, The Watercress Line, Basingstoke College of Technology, The Aviator Hotel and Ed2Biz Education Business Consultancy.
After lunch, armed with CVs and covering letters, the business ambassadors interviewed between six and eight students each. The students were all took turns to be interviewed with feedback from their interviewer and their peers. Benita from Benita Mayhead Coaching and Development echoed the feelings of many of the interviewers who attended when she said how impressed she was with the students; ‘seriousness with which they prepared, maturity of their approach and enthusiasm in delivery of their experiences was commendable’.
The event was attended by representatives from a range of local businesses including Siemens, Enterprise, Zurich, IBM, Alphabet, The Aviator Hotel, Autodesk, QinetiQ, Rotary, Audacious Design, Innovation Destination, Benita Mayhead Coaching and Development as well as local colleges; Farnborough Sixth Form, Guildford College Group, Basingstoke College of Technology and Farnborough College of Technology and representatives from STEMnet.
The students, despite many being very nervous prior to their interviews, enjoyed the experience and felt that the day had taken the mystery out of the process and given them much more confidence to attend future interviews.
Said Jane Sheridan, Ed2Biz Education Business Consultancy, ‘this day is a great opportunity for the students to gain an insight into different businesses and some of the skills required within the workplace. The experience they get from going through the interview process with professionals from local companies gives them a great advantage when it comes to doing it for real - they better understand the process and what is required from them.’