Stanway School Interviews

Trinity"™s team of 20 interviewers met recently with more than 140 pupils from year 10. The purpose was to prepare them for interviews when seeking a place at a College and or in employment.

The Stanway School practice interviews 2015 Trinity’s team of 20 interviewers met recently with more than 140 pupils from year 10. The purpose was to prepare them for interviews when seeking a place at a College and or in employment. For most of the pupils, this was their first such experience. All were required to submit a hand-written letter requesting an interview and outlining their progression hopes, as well as an up-to-date c.v.

In order to be invited to interview, pupils had to submit their papers by an agreed deadline, thus enabling the interviewers to prepare properly. Questions focussed on what and why pupils wished to do after leaving school and on how they could improve their presentation techniques. The standard shown at the interviews was generally high, but that of the c.v. remains very variable. The main problem is that the pupils do not adequately cover their non-academic achievements. Examples of such omissions include:

• Having driven an Aston-Martin DB7 around a racetrack

• Having a long and successful “career” in Guiding or Scouting

• Voluntarily taking an extra GCSE in slalom skiing

• Being selected as a school prefect

• Taking significant responsibility for young children.

Conversely, one had included a suggestion from the form tutor, which could not be explained, of “saving money in a bank”.

It was generally agreed that the exercise had run smoothly, due to tremendous support from the school team, and above all that, from feedback received, the pupils found it very helpful and friendly. The number of students met was a big increase on last year.

Thanks are due to all the interviewers and particularly to our friends – retired members and wives – who form such an important part of our team. More than 65% of the club were involved. Thanks are also due to Sue Johnson at the school for ensuring that we all had the right papers, that pupils arrived at the right times and that we were fed and watered throughout.

Planning has already started for next year’s exercise with the possibility of the school making this compulsory for all pupils – now, that would present a challenge for us!