In association with XperiSoft Limited CVMinder’s #iwill pledge, Ian, Technical Director, volunteered a day at MidKent College to help Level 2 Business Administration Students with their interview skills.
The #iwill pledge is made by companies who are passionate about helping local teenagers by volunteering their time to help assist local action.
XperiSoft Limited #iwill pledged:
- Whilst helping colleges and schools to measure the progress of student employability skills, we will raise awareness of the #iwill campaign and advocate the specific inclusion of social action when constructing their employability programmes.
- For each employee, offer an additional paid day’s leave for the sole purpose of investing their personal time in the promotion, support, encouragement or direction of 10 to 20 year olds in social action.
Supporting social action via #iwill
Ian attended MidKent College for the day and held 10 mock interviews for students on the Business course. Prior to the interview Ian reviewed the students’ CVs and covering letters, as well as the job description of the position they were applying for. Ian interviewed each student mimicking how an external employer would. Some of the students had never had an interview before, so were naturally nervous.
After the interview Ian gave each student feedback on their interview performance, their appearance, body language and behaviour. During the interview a tutor also listened in on the interview and made notes on each student’s performance.
The purpose of the exercise was to give the students a real interview experience and to help them become work ready. The exercise gives the students an insight into what to expect for an interview and a better understanding of the employability process. The students also had to prepare for the interview and understand the process of applying for employment.
Ian really enjoyed his day at MidKent College and feels the exercise is a good idea and positively supports students in becoming work ready. Ian commented,
“I think that for students to be interviewed properly with someone they have never met before is a valuable experience for them. I have no doubt that each student learnt something about job interviews and about themselves perhaps.”
XperiSoft Limited will be continuing to support the students at MidKent College, and have agreed to take part in the exercise next year if needed. We are also supporting their careers fair, where the Managing Director and Head of Marketing will be providing students with advice about working within the recruitment and software sectors.
If your company is passionate about social action and supporting today’s youth, you can make your own pledge at www.iwill.org.uk