More than 250 students in their final year at Lytham St Anne’s High School have experienced mock interviews from real world employers and have had the opportunity to pick their brains about what they’re looking for in a potential employee. This carefully planned and clearly focussed school employability event truly helped prepare these Year Eleven students for the world of work
Every year Lytham St Anne’s High School runs a much anticipated Year 11 mock interview day as a key component of its careers programme. External employers from the private and public sector volunteer their time to give the 15 and 16-year-olds an authentic real-life experience of what it’s like to sit in a job interview and then provide constructive feedback. This year’s employer cohort included representatives from the NHS, education, HR, finance and pensions.
Networx3’s commercial director Caroline Earnshaw (pictured) joined these 20-plus business owners and leaders for this special day at Lytham St Anne’s High School. Caroline interviews dozens of candidates every year in her role as commercial director at the rapidly-growing blown fibre optic telecommunications company Networx3. She shared her experiences of being a skilled interviewer, revealing some job interview hacks and giving honest feedback to each interviewee.
She said: ‘The day went amazingly well and I did about half a dozen 20-minute interviews. I was able to share my experience of good and bad interviews, pitfalls to avoid and what makes a candidate stand out from the crowd. The students were brilliant and it was really rewarding for me as well. I put them through their paces with some generic interview questions but then I also did some mentoring and gave some general advice too. The students were very open and we had some really good conversations about work, life after school and employability.’
Jessica Peloe, careers support officer, said: ‘We had such a positive response from the students. It was an invaluable experience that many were able to put to good use in upcoming college interviews. They got to see what it is like in the world of work.’
Caroline shared more information about her company, Networx3, which specialises in installing blown fibre optic communications infrastructure, was founded in 2003. Since then it’s grown into an industry-leading firm with clients including government departments, critical infrastructure sectors, mobile phone giants and renewable energy utility companies. The company is based near Burnley, Lancashire, and has expanded into professional drone surveys in recent years. To find out more visit www.networx3.co.uk