Students from across Bath College have been preparing for employment with a series of mock interview sessions.
The college’s Futures Team organised 137 interviews over two days for students who will finish their courses in the summer.
Students studying sport, performing arts, business and travel and tourism got a taste of what it’s like to face scrutiny in an interview situation.
A wide variety of businesses offered to help on the day, including the Bath Building Society, Barclays, ESPA UK and solicitors Lyons Davidson.
Employability adviser Lucy Beattie said: “This was an invaluable experience for students. To have employers who they hadn’t met conduct real interviews and give feedback will hugely help them when they come to job and further education interviews.
“The interviews helped them learn how to answer standard interview questions, and to see their CVs from an employers’ point of view.
“The feedback has been hugely positive, with at least three employers wanting to see candidates again to interview for real jobs and work experience being offered on the spot.”
Health and social care students also took part in a day of interviews with industry professionals as part of the Bath College Care Academy.
Employers visiting the college included Creative Youth Network, St Monica Trust, Way Ahead Care, Dimensions, Youth Connect and the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
Freya Game, 19, is a first year student studying Level 3 health and social care, and took part in the Dimensions group interview.
She said: “It was really helpful talking to them and being able to give us tips. It wasn’t as intimidating as I expected and I’d feel a bit more confident going into this kind of interview situation now.
“I’m not sure what area of care I want to go into yet, but I would consider working with Dimensions because this has been really interesting.”
Nick French, recruitment manager for St Monica Trust, is looking for 100 care workers for Keynsham’s Chocolate Quarter.
He said: “It’s just nice to get that connection with people who are at the beginning of their careers.
“I understand how difficult it is when people are starting out in their careers. It’s a catch 22 situation: it’s difficult to get the job without experience, and it’s difficult to get the experience.
“It’s about seeing what people can bring to the role, and from my point of view, what you can do to improve the recruitment process as an employer.”
Motor vehicle students studying for a Level 2 diploma were part of interview sessions with Mon Motors on Thursday April 4.
HR manager Sally Wade, dealer’s personal assistant Toni Preston and sales manager Barry Russell gave up their time to meet the students.
They prepared feedback, assessing students on the way they answered questions and how they prepared for the interview.
Lecturer Glyn Mountjoy said: “It gives them that experience of being interviewed by professionals in the motor industry. Some of the students were nervous because it’s the first time they have been put in front of anybody in an interview situation.
“The course is there to progress them into employment and this is part of it. The feedback will show how they can improve on their interview skills.”