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Echuca Specialist School Mock Interviews 2020

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The Interview Technique session was presented to the Echuca Specialist School VCAL group in August in preparation for their Beacon Mock Interviews held in September. The session was presented by Jacq Campbell from CCLLEN and the Beacon Coordinator Chery Sweeney.

This included getting tips on Interview Technique, resumes and cover letter writing and practising interview questions.

The interviews were held online with the students at school at four video stations and the interviewers at their work or home office.

The interviewers were impressed with the way the students presented themselves in the video interviews and how well prepared they were.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers from Vivid and CLRS. The morning was hosted by the Beacon leaders: Toby and Jack.

Some comments from the students

About the Interview Technique session:

  • It had a lot of information
  • Helped me know what was going to happen
  • Lots of information
  • Made me concentrate on giving good eye contact
  • It gave me a bit of confidence

About the mock interview

  • The interviewer was great. Helped me feel good about myself
  • It gave me confidence boost for my next interview. It also gave me some pointers on what I can improve on
  • It made me feel okay
  • Helps me improve for next time
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St Joseph's College Mock Interviews 2020

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Due to school remote learning in Term 3, we embraced technology and changed the ways we do things and conducted all the Mock Interviews online for the St Joseph’s College Year 9 students.

Over 150 students completed mock interviews via video link ups with 30 interviewers from the community, over 3 days in September.

The Careers Teachers at St Joseph’s College set up the online platform ‘Whereby’ for the interviews and Google sheets for the interviewers to access the students’ resumes, cover letters and the timetable. This was huge logistic exercise and it worked very well.

Thanks to all our volunteers from CLRS, CCLLEN, Campaspe Shire, Bega Cheese, GMCU, Worklocker Echuca, Dawes, Vary & Riordan, Nutrien, MEGT, Insurance House, Moama Bowling Club, Revolution Print, Echuca Travel, Beacon Board, CCLLEN board and community members. 

We received very positive feedback from our interviewers on the new process and the way the students presented themselves online during the interviews. 

Some students comments:

 

  • He gave very concise feedback and wasn't negative about it
  • I learnt what I can’t do and better with my answers and my cover letter and resume
  • She showed me all of the things I need to work on so I can improve
  • I was nervous but not as nervous as if it was a real job interview
  • I really enjoyed it, it allowed me to be more prepared and to know what to expect in an interview


 

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Moama Anglican Grammar Mock Interviews 2020

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Fortunately, CCLLEN could present the Interview Technique sessions, face to face, to the Year 9 students at Moama Anglican Grammar in July, to prepare them for their Mock Interviews mid-August. The interviewers were impressed with the standard of the resumes and cover letters and the way the young people presented themselves. The students always gain so much from the experience despite their nerves before the interview and receive valuable feedback from our community members, to assist them for a real interview in the future 

Some student comments:  

Cameron: “I think I did well. I felt a bit nervous at the start, but it wasn’t bad once I got in there. I learnt that I need to practice some of my answers.” 

Sophie: “I think I did well, there was clear communication so that was good, as well as it was very friendly and safe.” 

Sabine: “Good interview, I got lots of feedback on how I went so I can improve.” 

Archer: “I think I went really well. I was nervous at the start but I felt more comfortable as the interview went on.” 

Thanks to Murray River Council, CVGT, Gunpork Joint Venture, Insurance House, CLRS and Campaspe Shire Council for their support.  

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River City Christian College Mock Interviews 2020

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River City Christian College Mock Interviews were held in May online, this is a new, but realistic, way of conducting our interviews. Big thanks to Lynda Magill Sarina Russo Apprenticeships and Cameron Moss Community Living & Respite Services Inc. for giving the Year 9/10 students this valuable experience.
Student comments:

"It really helped my self esteem and confidence".
"The interviewer told me what to work on".
"It gave me a snippet of a real life interview".
"It gave me some insight into an interview".
"Prepared me for being in the real world."

 

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Echuca College Mock Interviews 2019

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119 Year 9 students + 13 interviewers = 119 great experiences of a realistic job interview Echuca College
Thanks to NABCommunity Living & Respite Services Inc. Campaspe Shire CouncilInsurance HouseCampaspe Cohuna LLENLockwood PartnersNumanz Embroidery, Sarina Russo Apprenticeships, Echuca Regional HealthWe Are Vivid

Some student comments after the interview: 
Evie: At the start I was feeling nervous but towards the end I started to feel more comfortable 
Cameron: I was nervous going into the interview but got more confident.
Claudia: I wasn't very confident at first but my nerves went away after a while.
Jack: I felt stresed but now I feel calm.
Year 9 student: The interview was very helpful, as she told me what I did wrong, what I did right and what I can do better next time. 
Mitch: I need to stop moving my hands and to stop being nervous.
Hunter: To try and prepare more for the questions and so answer them easier. 
Riley: to space out my cover letter more. 
Blake: I did well. I was very confident.

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