“Students at your school were truly fantastic. Some of them took part in many extra-curricular activities and were able to demonstrate why this was important. I met many Year 11 students that had the skillset that we look for in a university application which they should be extremely proud of! I look forward to hopefully seeing some of your students at university in the very near future.” – Carly Outerbridge from Keele University. “It was my first visit to the school – every staff member I met on the day was extremely helpful and supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to learners – they were all very engaging and keen to share their career aspirations and achievements. Learners were well prepared and that there were prompts available for them on the day. Well done to everyone concerned in organising a brilliant day!” – Joy Brereton Wrexham University “The students were amazing! They really thought about how to answer the questions asked, they we’re professional at all times and spoke about the school really well” – Amy Howle & Suzy Ball Stoke on Trent College.
The students all said they enjoyed the interview and that the interviewers put them at ease quickly, Jack T said, “The preparation was a good idea, it told us what to do and some tips on what to say to make a good impression. It was amazing! Sell yourself to them, they want to know everything about you and try to have a normal conversation, ask questions too as it shows your interest. Before the interview I felt really nervous, during I was getting less nervous and calmer and it became more natural. After the interview I felt amazing, as it went really well.”
“It’s basically like a conversation, the better you can make the other person and yourself at ease the better the results would be and try to be natural. It’s only a big deal if you make it out to be one, that doesn’t mean it’s not important though, it is, but just don’t let it scare you.” Alisha A.
Georgia S, “the visitors were so nice which eased the nerves of speaking to them, they were very helpful and encouraging. We had a good idea about what the questions would be and how we are meant to answer them. I had good feedback such as to give more details about myself and I was told how to link my answers to how certain qualities would help me when doing a certain job”.
We were incredibly proud of Y11 and the Y12 and Y13s who took part, they were an absolute credit to the school. They took the process seriously and gained so much feedback from their interview, which will stand them in good stead for future interviews. The enthusiasm and the sense of pride at the end of each interview was incredibly endearing to see, very well done from Mrs Page!