Conducting Mock Interviews remotely requires a careful look at policies and procedures regarding learner contact via phone or the internet with industry partners outside the school setting. Mock Interviews are usually conducted individually at the workplace or the school, however they may take place over the phone or using an online platform.
Remote Mock Interview Options
Remember, remote activities promote “live” learner contact with adult professionals and front-line workers via the use of technology. Appropriate permissions, protections and guidance should be developed to support these experiences.
Mock Interviews by Phone or Internet
A learner is formally interviewed via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Microsoft Teams or Zoom by an Industry Partner as if they were applying for a job with the company the partner represents.
Mock Interviews Via Remote Classroom
Multiple Employers are invited to a remote classroom. Each is assigned to a breakout room and interviews learners individually.
Steps To Success
- Review the Mock Interview Guide. Review and distribute appropriate tip sheets and checklists.
- Recruit a number of Industry Partner(s) and match learners for the interviews to participate and interview a number of learners.
- Help select and test the appropriate platform and decide how you will manage the session.
- Carefully schedule the session and prepare team members to help coordinate the activity.
- As they sign in, assign the Industry Partners to breakout rooms.
- Help learners as they enter the breakout room to participate in their interview.
- Teachers support reflection activities and helps learners update their employability skills profile.
- Provide activities for the learners who are not being interviewed.
- Make sure learners are comfortable with the selected technology.
- Pay attention to logistics during the session.
- Remind learners to dress as if they were participating in a real interview.
- Consider recording the interviews and have each learner critique their performance.
Virtual Mock Interview Activities
Remember, virtual activities are generally simulations and provide learners with employer exposures through recordings, online research and related classroom activities.
Mock Interviews do not lend themselves well to a virtual option. You may wish to have learners view a recorded mock interview and have learners critique it in the classroom.
Tips For Success
- Identify the preferred format and structure for the mock interviews.
- Select and personally practice using the selected technology.
- Make sure all learners have access to appropriate technology.
- Do a test run with your learners.
- Decide how you want to organize and moderate the session. Sometimes it takes one person to manage the session and another to monitor the technology and address questions.
- Decide which Learner reflection activities will take place and how you will support them.
- Make sure you get feedback on the activity from the speaker and the learners.
- Record the interview. Use the recording as a way for each learner to reflect on and rate their performance.