Mock interviews

To allow candidates to prepare for and participate in a mock interview
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Learning intention

  • I will prepare for and take part in a mock interview

Success criteria

  • I can prepare for an interview
  • I can be an interviewee
  • I can be an interviewer
  • I can take part in class discussion
  • I can self-evaluate

Before you start

Resources

  • Printing facilities
  • Pens 
  • ICT suite with internet access (optional)
  • Worksheets– question sheets, job ads, interview scripts 1 and 2, self evaluation sheets 

Duration

These are suggested timescales only and will vary dependent on your group.

  • 5 mins: Introduce topic
  • 15 mins: Interview role play
  • 5 mins: Discussion of mock interview task
  • 15 mins: Prepare answers to mock interview questions
  • 5 mins: Prepare for interviewer / interviewee roles
  • 20 mins: Conducting mock interviews
  • 15 mins: Self-Evaluation
  • 5 mins: Plenary    

Suitable for

This topic is suitable for:

  • Preparing for work experience
  • Preparing for the world of work
  • Those seeking college or university places – entry interviews
  • Those seeking training from a training provider
  • Anyone undertaking volunteering 
  • Those undertaking leadership courses
  • Anyone studying courses where self-analysis / self-awareness is necessary
  • Anyone undertaking employability training and vocational courses

Experiences and outcomes

Designed to meet

Health and wellbeing across learning

Planning for Choices and Changes:

 

Potential to meet

Health and wellbeing across learning
Literacy across learning

Listening, talking and reading:

Technologies

ICT to enhance learning:

Career Management Skills

Self

I develop and maintain a positive self image

I adapt my behaviour appropriately to fit a variety of contexts

Strengths

I build on my strengths and achievements

Networks

I use information and relationships to secure, create and maintain work

Suggested activities

Complete My Strengths

15 mins

Interview role play 

15 mins

  • Ask two volunteers to read interview script 1 aloud to the whole group. One should take the role of the interviewer and the other the interviewee 
  • Get feedback from the group on the questions asked and the answers given 
  • Repeat exercise with script 2
  • Facilitate a discussion around the difference between the 2 scripts. Who do they think would be the better person for the job? Why? What did this person do well? What impressions would these answers give the employer?

Mock Interview

45 mins

  • Select a job advert (this could be one for the whole group or individuals can pick one each)
  • Ask the group to imagine that they are going for an interview for this position
  • Issue everyone with the potential interview questions (either as a full sheet or cut out as cards) and ask the class to prepare possible answers to these questions. Limit the time on this so that they only have enough time to prepare for some of the questions. You may want to choose specific questions for them to prepare in advance
  • Once they are prepared split the group into pairs. One should take on the role of the interviewer and the other the interviewee. The interviewer should select a number of question cards at random from the card pack. The interviewee should answer these questions, some of which they will have prepared for, others that provide an element of surprise as in a real interview
  • To highlight different interview scenarios pupils could try this several times in different formats e.g. sitting back to back to replicate a telephone interview, in groups with one person as the interviewee and the rest as interviewers to simulate a panel interview and facing each other in pairs to replicate a one-to-one interview. This could also be tried using Skype, if feasible, as this is an interview method used increasingly by interviewers
  • If IT facilities allow, filming the interviews would be beneficial. Individuals can then watch the videos back in order to self evaluate, developing self awareness

Self Evaluation 

15 mins

  • Using the evaluation worksheet ask pupils to self evaluate how they think the interviews went. This could be set as a homework activity
  • Once this is completed, discuss in pairs or in groups what they could do better next time and what worked well 
  • Reinforce interview dos and don’ts and suggest next steps

Next steps and related activities