Headlands School’s Mock Interview Day is just the job for students

Students at Headlands were given a taste of what life is like in the world of work at the school’s annual Mock Interview Day.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 9:35 am
Representatives from businesses and uniformed services at the interview day. Photo: Paul Atkinson (pa1949-1a)

Although it was not quite the type of grilling the contestants go through on The Apprentice, Year 11 pupils had to prepare for job interviews, dress smartly and prepare their CVs.

Around 50 visitors from the business community came into school to carry out the interviews, with students matched to representatives from careers they had expressed an interest in.

Among those giving up their time to work with Team Headlands, were local police officers, various representatives from the Armed Forces, and people with experience of working in the NHS, agriculture, technology, finance and the media.

David Duffy, 15, interviewed by PCSO Andrea Humphrey and PC Rob Brigham.

Assistant headteacher and careers leader David Stamper said: “This is always a valuable experience for our Year 11 students.

“They have to work hard to prepare for the day and we received many positive comments from the interviewers about their conduct and enthusiasm.

“The overall feedback about the day has been brilliant and, as ever, we are grateful to all the visitors who joined us at Headlands to pass on advice and guidance to our students.”

Comments from the visitors included: “Brilliant students, all really engaged and wanted to do well.”

Vanessa Rowbottom from Lloyd Dowson interviews Owen Taylor. (PA1949-1f)

“It was great hearing from young people about what they want to do….all were a credit to the school.”

“The students were polite and well-mannered. I would offer work experience to two of them.”

Dylan Cameron, 15, works on his CV during the event. (PA1949-1h)