Ready – set – interview! Christel House South Africa Grade 12 students gained valuable practice for job interviews when they met with HR Professionals during virtual one-on-one speed interview sessions. “I learned so much,” says Zarah A. “All the matrics that interviewed learned so much.” Using video conferencing technology, 15 HR experts made up the interview panel from a variety of industries including banking, property, hospitality and technology sectors. Students were paired with an HR professional from the industry that they have a strong interest in pursuing. Each student had to prepare a CV and research the company prior to the virtual interview. They were even given mock interview scenarios to adapt to. The interviewer scored each student, providing constructive feedback ranging from how prepared they were, how they answered questions and their interview etiquette. “The current economic climate is tough and even tougher for those who are just starting out in the work force,” says Louise de Marillac St. Julien, Career Development Manager at CHSA. “This event gave our matric students experience conducting themselves professionally in interviews and having the opportunity to talk one-on-one to experienced professionals.”
The Speed Interview event is part of the Christel House College & Careers program that provides financial, academic and career-oriented assistance as students transition to college, apprenticeships and work.