Mock Job Interview Day at Dubai Women’s College prepares final year students for job search

Published November 5th, 2009 - 08:59 GMT
Dubai Women’s College (DWC) organized recently the Mock Job Interview Day for more than 300 final year students.   The mock job interviews provided a realistic set up with every student being interviewed by a panel of two DWC teachers/staff members, who judged student interview performance, as well as their CV and cover letter writing competencies’.
“I was well prepared for the interview and this was a training session for the real job interview.” said Farah Humaid, a DWC Higher Diploma Business student. Students commented that they learned something new about themselves during the interview process and they now feel better prepared to face the challenges of a real life interview.
DWC organizes the Mock Job Interview Day annually as a part of students’ vocational training in the English Curriculum.   The program aims to help students develop their interview skills in order to prepare them for work placement and real jobs after they graduate.  All students are given feedback on their performance and a chance to improve on their skills. The interview assessment criteria include communication skills, vocational competency, critical thinking, problem solving, and professionalism.  Prior to the Mock Job Interview Day, students are taught how to write a CV and cover letter, as well as how to behave in a professional manner during the interview.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Ewa Gajer, DWC’s English faculty, and Mock Job Interview Day Team Leader, said “To help our students succeed in today’s very competitive job market; these interviews are made as realistic as possible.” The students first find it very daunting and apprehensive but with practice they build self-confidence and are better prepared for actual job interviews. “The next step following the Mock job interview is for students to research a company they would like to work for,” she concluded.

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