Thanks to a partnership with Plimmerton Rotary, Aotea College students have been able to practice interview techniques for a level one Citizenship Class.
The mock interviews were all about the students passions and what they aspire to be in the future. All in all, they were to talk 10 minutes non-stop about themselves. The mock interviews took place on Tuesday 17 March, Term One.
Citizenship students had been preparing throughout the term; learning strategies and tips to overcome their nervous energy and key skills that they thought would impress any interviewers.
Taylor-Rose Lealaisalanoa and Joana Wilson are two students who share their experience about these “Daunting" interviews.
“When you say interviews, my mind just goes blank. Nothing else processes through my mind because I’m too busy having an internal battle on whether I should cry or just hide away. That's how freaked out I get sometimes. I mean I can do an interview but I have to at least have a few month’s notice. I think the only reason I survived through my interview was because Richard, my interviewer, had a calm persona and the majority of the time I talked about my passions. When I start talking about my aspirations for my future I cannot shut up. It’s like I’m in my own world and nothing can stop me from expressing myself. Even now I’m on a roll." Says Joana, one of the students that was chosen to speak of her experience.
"I was so nervous. I had been thinking of ways to try and spark up a conversation for the interviewer but I always ended up blank. As the interview progressed, I started to feel more comfortable and opened up more about what I wanted to pursue in life; my aspirations. The interviewer that I had was a very kind person that I felt comfortable with, and this helped me get through the interview comfortably. Whenever I would go quiet for a moment, he would ask me a question and that was when I would keep going on and on for what felt like hours." Says Taylor-Rose Lealaisalanoa, another one of our students that was interviewed for this experience.
Interviews, whether they be mock or real, are a very difficult experience to go through. They are the anxieties people face that are left unnoticed. As well as the additional fear of knowing that the person sitting in front of you, equipped with a pen and paper, is there to judge you on what you say, how you respond to their questions in body language and your overall physical image. This adds more stress on us as the interviewees. This also teaches us, as students, to be wary of our appearance and body language in order to make a good impression, for future reference. We must keep in mind that first impressions count; majority of the people that you will meet tend to "judge a book by its cover."
Overall an interview is just another experience. “A good interview is a great conversation” says Pauline Muncey, the Citizenship teacher, who is also the careers advisor at Aotea College.
Despite going through the anxieties of a normal teenagers head during an interview, the mock interviews were good experience for the students. For future reference they'll be able to look back at this mock interview and review what they did that helped them get through it.
By Taylor-Rose Lealaisalanoa and Joana Wilson