Mock interviewing at Barnwood Park Arts College

in Musings

A few weeks ago I received an email from Katherine Johnson at Gloucestershire Education Business Partnership. She wondered whether I might be able to spare a few hours doing some mock interviewing of 15 and 16 year olds at a local girls’ school.

Which was how I found myself at Barnwood Park Arts College on a soggy Friday morning ready to interview seven students and provide constructive feedback on what they did well and where they might consider improving.

I found it an incredibly rewarding morning, albeit tiring! It took me out of my comfort zone, that’s for sure, but I’m so glad I took part.

Every one of the young women I interviewed had valuable skills to offer and interesting experiences to share. They were also excited about their futures and had good ideas about what they wanted to do and how they were going to get there, which was fantastic to see. Their teachers were fantastically supportive and encouraging of their students and it was clearly a vibrant, happy school that was committed to encouraging their students to achieve to the best of their abilities.

The only disappointment I felt was, despite everything, how many of the girls suffered from a lack of confidence. They had all had some amazing achievements, but many of them were shy about talking about them – and some even forgot to mention them on their application form. They were interesting and committed young women and our future is safe in their hands – they just have to have the belief it will be!

The interviews were organised as part of the Gloucestershire Education Business Partnership which is managed by GFirst and which aims to provide a practice interview programme to help young people gain valuable practice.

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