Interview Simulation for Success
It is often a challenge for university students to gain 'real' experience interviewing while studying. In many cases the first time a student is in a real interview environment is when they are interviewing for a job they really want in their chosen industry. This program aims to alleviate this problem and give students the opportunity to practice interviewing with real employers in a safe environment. The inaugural Interview Simulation for Success event was a joint collaboration between the Macquarie University Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Career and Employment Service and Chartered Accountants ANZ (CA ANZ). It was an opportunity for students to practise their interview skills with some of the country’s most desired employers including Grant Thornton and Bentleys. Students received advice and feedback directly and enjoyed the opportunity to network with staff, members of CA ANZ and employers.
Demonstrated benefit to tertiary students, graduate employers and/or tertiary institutions
The Interview Simulation for Success event provided direct benefit to all those involved. The program was open to all Accounting and Corporate Governance Department students both domestic and international. Students were required to apply and selected based on academic merit and evidence of their motivation for the event. A total of 20 students attended the inaugural event. Each student was interviewed and given feedback by 2 employers.
For students it provided the opportunity to:
- Gain real life interview experience in the comfort and security of their own campus
- Speak with employers about important soft skills required for interviewing
- Learn how to prepare for an interview
- Practise an interview scenario based on a real job advertisement
- Receive immediate one on one feedback from employers
- Network with employers
For the University it provided numerous benefits including:
- Deepening our relationship with a professional association and graduate employers
- Providing students with opportunities to practise and develop their employability skills
- Collaboration between Department and the Careers Service
Potentially or currently benefits the NAGCAS organisation, its members and the career development industry
This program demonstrates the importance of collaboration between universities, industry and career development consultants.
Career Development professionals, including those in small services could easily and quickly establish a similar program. In addition to this the event could be run in any faculty and across any sector.
One of the highlights of the program was the involvement of both domestic and international students.
This is the first time this event has been run in direct collaboration between a Department the Career and Employment Service and a Professional Association. With the involvement of graduate employers and students the event brought 5 key stakeholders together. The success of the event provides a successful format for career engagement across any faculty.