Today, we welcomed in managers and senior managers from the Department of Work and Pensions, to carry out mock interviews with JCSC’s sixth form students.

The purpose of the mock interviews is to give our students an idea of what to expect during the interview process, as it can be a daunting experience. It gives them practice, how they should address an interviewer, some potential questions an interviewer may ask and the best way to respond.

Our students were also evaluated on their appearance, body language, eye contact and the content of their CVs.

Each student received marks and a feedback sheet for their performance on questions such as “Tell me about yourself?”, “What is your greatest strength and weakness?” and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”.

Claire Angus, from DWP, says “The JCSC students are some of the best interviews I’ve done in Northumberland. There is a range of aspirations, they know what they want to do and which direction they should take. The school should be extremely proud. Normally we choose a star interviewer, but today I’d give every student I interviewed a job. They all did very well.”

Claire Angus carrying out a mock interview with Evan in Year 12

Lula, in Year 12, says “It was my first interview experience and was very helpful. It has calmed my nerves for future interviews and I now have an idea of what to expect.”

Well done to our students today, they have worked hard and aimed high and we are very proud of them.

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