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This activity takes around 15-20 minutes and provides an opportunity for young people to practice answering common interview questions using the STAR model. If your young person needs an introduction to interviews and the STAR model they could complete the ‘Adapting to different types of interview’ activity.
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The ‘Virtual interview practice’ interactive tool allows your young person to access films showing interview questions with model answers to help them form responses to similar questions based on their own skills and experience. There are five different scenarios to choose from based on a range of life stages, from applying for work experience to a graduate job, and the tool includes an option to record their responses and play back.
As the world of work changes, face-to-face interviews may be increasingly replaced with video or telephone interviews, so it is important that young people practice how to prepare for and approach different types of interview.
Use the steps below to complete the activities with your young person, or they can use the worksheets provided as an independent learning activity alongside the interactive tool.
Step one: Preparing interview answers
Ask your young person to load the Virtual interview practice tool. For full instructions to use the tool, look at the supporting PDF.
Help them choose which interview to try. You can pick the one that matches their current life stage or potential next step, or ask them to try a couple of different options.
Once an interview has been selected, start by watching the clip of the interviewer ask the first question. Pause the tool and ask your young person to plan an answer on the worksheet using the STAR model (situation, task, actions, result).
Play the model answer and ask your young person to consider what they could add or amend in their own response. They should use their own skills and experience and use the model answer as inspiration for structure and format.
Work through the rest of the interview questions together or ask your young person to work independently, pausing after each question to prepare their answer.
Remind them to offer specific examples and highlight core transferable skills that employers are increasingly looking for, such as problem solving, adaptability, digital and communication skills.
Step two: Delivering interview answers
If they have access to a webcam, young people can record their responses to each of the questions and play them back. If not, you could ask them to practise delivering their answers in the role of an applicant with you or a family member playing the role of the interviewer, and record them on a mobile or tablet.
After watching their responses, ask your young person to think about any ways they could improve their delivery or the way in which they answer questions, rather than the content of their answers. You can use the following prompts and they can record their thoughts on the worksheet.
- Body language and non-verbal cues: e.g. Did they maintain eye contact? Were they nodding or smiling at the appropriate points?
- Clarity: e.g. Were their answers clear? Did they seem confident? Were the answers too long or too short?
- Pace: e.g. Were the answers too slow or too fast?
You could share your own experiences of being in an interview, either as the candidate or the interviewer, and explain what you think makes a good response.
Direct your young person to explore more about positive body language.