Careers service: Warwick Interview workshops

Employability & Enterprise

Project description

A series of 4 workshops targeted at improving the interview techniques of English students. 20 students attended each workshop each lasting 1 ½ hours. Specific materials were produced to support the workshops for students to take away with them.

This is one a series of projects. You can read about them all on the main project page.

Project report

Benefits to English students

The workshops:

  • Enhanced the confidence of English students in their transferable skills.
  • Increased students’ understanding of commercial awareness.
  • Encouraged students to consider a wide range of careers with their degree.
  • Improved students’ interview techniques.

Outline plan of activities

Four workshops ran in March/April 2005. Each workshop covered the following:

  • DVD of effective interviewing techniques (AGCAS – Why ask me that?)
  • Brainstorming of delegates’ experiences to date of interviews and problems encountered.
  • Presentation on effective interview techniques by careers adviser.
  • Paired students and asked them to prepare answers to a series of questions typical of employers applied to by English students.
  • Action planning for further development having identified weaknesses.
  • DVD – considering freelance and self employment.

Other information

The English department is keen for careers activities to be targeted at its students who often perceive that they have particular needs. These workshops enabled us to dedicate some additional time to developing and delivering the workshops and thus enhanced the interview techniques of English students.

Contact details

Anna Preston
University of Warwick