Mock Interview with Westminster Homecare @TCHC

A great working relationship has been set up by Westminster Homecare and TCHC.  Staff at TCHC met Stuart Howell and the local jobs fair and got talking about the work we both do at our respective companies.  We all thought it would be a great idea to do some joined up working as Stuart has a great understanding and knowledge of interviews and our learners at TCHC are at the beginning of there working journey and would benefit from his experience.

Mock interviews is an essential part of the GAPS study programme. Many of our learners have not experienced the interview process and for those that have this is still a valuable exercise as the constructive feedback gives our learners the tools, they need to develop their skills.

On Wednesday November 27th Kathryn Flowers from Tesco and Stuart Howell from Westminster Homecare visited TCHC Ipswich to conduct the interviews. Prior to this Stuart had visited the group to introduce himself and to do a presentation on Employability and Interviews. The group were told to research and prepare as we wanted this exercise to be relatable to a real-life interview.

After the preparation and practice the day arrived for the interviews to take place. Every learner took the exercise seriously and dressed to the best of their ability which was great to see. Some were feeling a little anxious, but everyone plucked up the courage and went in for an interview. In the morning Kathy Flowers from Tesco interviewed 8 of our learners. Kathy was very happy with the efforts of our learners and found everyone of them engaged and tried their best. For Kathy, one learner stood and that was Reece Shore. Reece was very confident, had done his research and had prepared questions which really impressed Kathy.

“Every one of them took this seriously and made an effort. They should all be proud of the effort they mad”’

Kathy Flowers  (Tesco Manager)

Ben Quilter being interviewed on his 17th birthday

In the afternoon Stuart Howell from Westminster Homecare took time out of his busy schedule to come in and complete the mock interviews with the rest of the group. Stuart gave some great feedback to the learners and overall was very impressed by their attitude and effort.  Little errors like not swinging on their chairs is a great lesson for our students to learn before they take on a real life interview.

“The students were fantastic. They dressed appropriately and you could see their confidence grow during the interview”

Stuart Howell (Westminster Homecare)

The student who stood out for Stuart was Cameron Fletcher. The two learners were rewarded with a box of chocolates and more importantly given the belief they need to succeed in a real life interview.

Well done all 😊

Cameron Fletcher