Preparing for Interviews

Portland College have developed an Interview Skills Booklet with a range of activities to help learners prepare for Interviews.


Introduce the approach or activity

This booklet has been designed for learners to access via SharePoint or if they have no access to ICT the booklet can be printed and posted.

The booklet is designed to cover skills associated with Preparation and Presentation for an interview.

Describe the learner cohort you have used this with?

Learners on the demonstrate learner journey, working between Level 1 and Level 2 – all learners have employability outcomes and have taken part in either a Supported Internship or external work placement or have been identified to next academic year. All learners have a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Top tips and key considerations

Make sure the booklet is used alongside the guidance sheet, the guidance sheet gives an overview of what the learner will be working towards and also explains what other topics will be covered in the booklet. Finally there is a resource section that has links to websites and a description of what can be found to support learning (All links have been checked).

Activities have been made as appealing as possible / keeping them real where possible.

Encourage learners to use the Key terms sheet within the booklet, this supports learners to research what a word means if they are unsure.

Learners focus on one task at a time to ensure they are clear of the expectations.

It is vital that learners suggest / agree deadlines for submission of work. Supports with their motivation to complete tasks.

*Extension Task – Conduct an over the phone / Microsoft Teams mock interview with the learner.

What resources are required?

Laptop / Tablet / Smart Telephone to access the internet and Microsoft Teams.
Links to websites / videos for additional support to complete tasks.