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Barclays Bank helps develop Business Level 3 Diploma students’ interview skills

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DSC_0097Business Level 3 Diploma students were privileged to part in a special LifeSkills workshop organised by Barclays Bank. The workshop was designed to boost students’ interview skills and to help them prepare the best possible CV.

The event took place at the Sawston branch of Barclays. East of England Area Directors and Branch Managers worked with our students on a programme devised by Claire Carse, the Branch Manager at Sawston.

The first activity was a presentation on interview skills, hint and tips: what to ask and how to present yourself.

This was followed by a mock interview, during which our students, who had arrived wearing their very best interview outfits, gave 10-minute Powerpoint presentations on why Barclays should employ them. They received on-the-spot feedback on both their presentations and their appearance. The interviewers then wrote a report on the mock interviews.

The final activity focused on CV writing. The students were given a CV that could be improved upon and asked to spot the errors. They were then shown a correct CV, and their own CVs were looked at and discussed.

Nadia Cameron,  Business Level 3 Course Team Leader at Long Road, says: “Barclays have given our students a fantastic opportunity to benefit from their immense skills  and expertise.  Our teaching team have found working with Barclays a wonderful experience. Our students really enjoyed the day and researched and planned their presentations  with great enthusiasm. They are conscious of the huge value such a day gives them: CVs scrutinised by industry experts,  improved interview  skills,  practice with  presentations and, most importantly, exposure to qualified employees in a real business and corporate  environment.”

To see more photos of the event, visit Barclays Bank works with our Business Level 3 students on our Facebook page.