Year 11 Interview Day

Published 7 December 2022

On Wednesday 30 November, local businesses stepped forward to support potential employees of the future and joined St Bartholomew’s School for their annual Interview Day. This event is an important date in the school’s careers calendar, as it offers Year 11 students a ‘real-life’ opportunity to practice their interview technique and etiquette with representatives from the world of work.

Prior to the day, students spent time in their PDP sessions, examining skills required for work, researching career choices, producing CVs and letters of application. On the day itself, each student benefitted from an individual mock interview and then received feedback on their performance from interviewers. The experience is designed to help prepare students for future pathways, whether this be Sixth Form, alternative further education, an apprenticeship or employment.

Year 11 student, Ellie Wemyss, said, “The interviewer was really lovely. It has helped me to think about how to articulate myself and come up with answers in a stressful situation.”

The event was supported by a team of more than 20 business volunteers and the Education and Business Partnership West Berkshire, who work in partnership with businesses to improve the employability skills of young people. The businesses involved included: Gardner Leader, Barclays, Thames Water, West Berkshire Council and Vodafone. St Bart’s are very grateful to all the organisations involved for their support.