Students about to start applying for jobs were given some vital interview experience despite lockdown, thanks to Maidenhead Rotary Club.
A series of mock interviews were held online for 30 students studying Health and Social Care at BCA, in Burchetts Green. For many of them this was the first interview they have ever had.
BCA had prepared a job advert for a care assistant in a local nursing home for which the students were applying. And on Tuesday, March 17, each student had a 15-minute online video interview with a Rotarian playing the part of a prospective employer, followed by five minutes of feedback.
Malcolm Falconer, one of Rotary organisers, said the interviews were part of the club’s schools
engagement programme and would normally have been held in person.
“Obviously that could not happen this year due to Covid-19 but we were determined they would still take place online.
“It went very well. There were five Rotarians participating - myself, Mary Spinks, Eddie Clarke, Eddie Piekut and Gurdial Singh. The whole event was well organised and all the technology for the call worked. Each zoom call had a BCA chaperone in the background and all interviews were recorded.”
Adrian Stewart from BCA added: “We were all of the same opinion on how well the students interviewed and the professionalism of the Rotarians conducting the interviews.”