As you may have seen in previous blog posts, we love doing things for our local community. We believe that without a strong community, we will not have a strong business. This is why I will be helping students in Hampton. It will help make my community a better place for everyone.

In addition, I know that when I was at school, I would have loved to have met a ‘real person in business’. This is why I am keen to link up with Growth Works, Skills Service and similar organisations. They give me the opportunity to help others. I will be attending face to face mock interviews as a way of helping students in Hampton Gardens School in May for just 2 hours.

The event takes place on the 11th and 12th May at Hampton Gardens School in Peterborough. As a business owner, you can volunteer for 2 hours in the morning or 2 hours over lunch on either day. I have opted for 12th May lunchtime session. It’s lots of 10 minutes interviews with 5 minutes at the end of each for feedback. As a volunteer, you are given full guidance and templates for feedback. You are given all the questions you need to ask too.

It really is as simple as taking a few hours out of your day to ask some questions and tell the students what you thought. For many students this could be the first time they meet a real person in business, instead of their teacher just talking about it. It’s also a chance for students to learn interview skills.

Remember the nerves you felt for your first interview as you didn’t know what to expect? This mock interview session takes some of those nerves away. The questions you ask are real questions they would be asked in a real interview. So, it gives students a real chance to learn some life skills that will help them as they apply for their first job and future jobs.

Having attended many events like this in the past, I can guarantee you’ll enjoy the experience as a volunteer. You could be inspired by a student you meet, or really feel that you have helped a student. I love seeing that ‘penny drop’ when you say something, or seeing their nerves lessen as the interview goes on.

That’s why I’ll be helping students in Hampton, will you?