Rob, previous Peer Mentor, talks about the value of interview training and how it helped him gain paid employment.
While on my placement at WY-FI Kirklees I was given the opportunity to do some interview training to prepare me for sitting on interview panels if selected. In the training I was taught what I would need to know, look and listen for when interviewing.
I was selected 3 times to do shortlisting and interviews and each time I got a lot out of the experience and was payed for my time and made to feel valued and my thoughts and suggestions was taken into consideration.
From doing the shortlisting it gave me lots of confidence when it came to writing job applications knowing how to make them easy to read and knowing to keep to the essentials and not go off course.
Sitting on the interview panels let me see what it felt like on the other side of the table and see what the interviewers like to see I.e eye contact, smiling, confidence and being prepared etc.
Since the short listings and interview panels I applied for a job and was successful in getting it. The feedback for my application and interview was really good and I’m sure that if I had not taken the opportunity to do the training, interviews and shortlisting, the feedback would not have been as good and I wouldn’t have got the job.