Rotary shares valuable interview tips

The project between the school, Plimmerton Rotary and Partners Porirua has been run for a number of years proving to be a very successful partnership. Project organiser, Rachel Scott from Partners Porirua said “the mock interview process allows the students to understand what an employer might be seeking, and how they can make a positive impression in a short time.”

Most students have never experienced the job recruitment interview and sitting with an adult stranger is very nerve wracking experience for anyone. Members of the Plimmerton Rotary were able to relieve the nervousness with their experience and knowledge in the art of interviewing and assisted students in putting their ‘best foot forward’ and providing positive verbal and written feedback.

Year 11 student Te Kiri Barriball being interviewed by Rotarian, Phil Reidy

Marty Donoghue from Rotary said his fellow Rotarians were impressed with how future focused the students were and how they understood their pathway to get what they wanted.

The students found their experience to be positive and worthwhile according to Pauline Muncey from Aotea College. When asked what the main thing they learned from this experience some comments were; “being confident and presenting yourself well”, “It made me think about what I’m doing in the future”, “It’s not just about the skills you have, it’s also about your personality and how you act”, “Be prepared and confident”, I learnt that I should prepare for the interview beforehand”, “What you enjoy is really helpful in knowing what to do – career wise”, “Have confidence in yourself”.

This project will be held again later in Term 3 this year for the Year 12 and 13 students.



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