Major employers including Barclays Bank, Clifford Chance, Citi Bank, Swiss Re, ENGIE and KPMG gave up their time earlier this month to help college students with their interview skills.

The ‘Interview Workshop’ at Barking & Dagenham College gave each of the Business students a chance to have a mock interview. Afterwards, they were given constructive feedback on their interview skills.

Forhana Senatilleke, Global Head of Wholesale Risk Management, Internal Audit at Citi Bank was one of the executives to give up her time: “I found the experience fun and rewarding because of the level of engagement from the students. I was impressed by how seriously they took the opportunity and the eagerness with which they accepted the feedback. I look forward to supporting the mock interview session next time and would encourage other employers to get involved.”

Tim Carey, Business Enterprise & Skills Development Lead at the College added: “The mock interviews provided an invaluable opportunity for students to experience what it is like to be interviewed in an authentic way. We were fortunate to have enthusiastic employers and the College’s HR staff who delivered a unique experience for students by offering real time and bespoke feedback.

“The aim was to help students iron out their interview nerves and practice their responses to interview questions in a safe and nurturing space, thereby presenting their best selves and increasing their success at interviews.”

Student Sabir Ahmed, 17 from Barking said, “Feedback from employers was very positive which has really helped to build my job interview confidence.”




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