Fylde students grilled in job interviews by top employers


Photo: Caroline Earnshaw, Networx3s Business Manager at Lytham St Annes High School

Submitted by Mary Murtagh

Ambitious teenagers from a Lancashire school were interviewed by more than 20 business owners and managers at an event aimed at helping them prepare for the world of work.

Business Manager Caroline Earnshaw of telecommunications company Networx3 took part in the School Employability event at Lytham St Annes Secondary School as part of a year 11 mock interview day.

Over 250 final year students at the school had the chance to be interviewed by real world employers and think about what they are looking for in a potential employee.

Caroline interviews dozens of candidates each year in her role as Chief Commercial Officer of growing blown fiber optic telecommunications company Networx3.

Networx3s Chief Commercial Officer Caroline joined over 20 business owners and executives at the careers event

Based near Burnley, Lancashire, the company’s customers include government departments, critical infrastructure sectors, mobile giants and renewable energy utility companies.

She shared her experiences as a skilled interviewer, revealed some job interview hacks, and gave honest feedback to each interviewee.

She said: “The day went incredibly well and I did about half a dozen 20 minute interviews. I was able to share my experience of good and bad interviews, pitfalls to avoid and what makes a candidate stand out.

“The students were brilliant and it was also very rewarding for me. I challenged them with generic interview questions, but also mentored and gave general advice. The students were very open and we had great conversations about work, life after school and employability.

Each year, Lytham St Annes High School organizes Year 11 Mock Talk Day and provides every Year 11 student with the opportunity to participate as a key part of their career programme.

The 15- and 16-year-olds got first-hand experience of what it’s like to interview for a job and then received constructive feedback from external private and public sector employers who volunteered their time.

Students spoke to representatives from the NHS, education, human resources, finance and pensions in this year’s cohort of employers.

Jessica Peloe, Career Support Officer, said:

“We had such a positive response from the students. It was an invaluable experience that many were able to draw on in future college interviews. They could see how it is in the world of work.

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Lytham St. Annes Secondary School, Worsley Road, Lytham Saint Annes, Borough of Fylde, Lancashire FY8 4DG

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