Interview Workshop

What was the problem we were trying to address?

Socially disadvantaged young people not understanding how to identify important experiences from their lives and education; demonstrating the values desired by interviewers (e.g. responsibility, independence, team work, communication).  

 

How is this workshop different?

Unlike most interview practice, the primary focus of these workshops is to help participants recognise character traits desired by interviewers. Helping them to identify and articulate their strengths to interviewers at tertiary institutes or future employers..

This workshop also involves volunteers from the business world. The purpose of this is (1) to expand young people’s social network to those other than that they were born into (2) leverage on the volunteers’ experience and their understanding of the business culture to convey those attributes to participants.

 

Objective

  • To help participants recognise their strengths

  • To help participants understand character traits that interviewers seek, and explain why they are important at the workplace or within tertiary institutes.  

  • To help participants identify personal experiences that they possess and look at how they can demonstrate them properly in an interview setting.


We work with corporate volunteers in delivering this workshop.  Volunteers use their own experiences to help participants identify traits marketable to interviewers.

There are 4 parts to the workshop serving different purposes:

1. Self Portrait

Through either drawing or writing on a provided piece of paper, participants look back through their life and identify four key moments they will need to share with a corporate volunteer at the next stage, these four moments include:

(1) Their proudest moment

(2) Their most embarrassed moment

(3) An event that has made an impact on them

(4) The moment they feel most ashamed of

Through this process participants have the chance to step back and look at their life experiences, talking about it them as a narrative - helping reframe their own self perception.

 

2. The Original Story and Identifying Traits

Participants use the piece of paper that they previously wrote or drew on as a storyboard for their story. Their audience is an individual volunteer that they have been paired up with.  When the participants narrate their story, volunteers will use their own personal experiences to pick up any traits that they know are appealing within the workplace or an educational institute.  

During a short break we separately ask both participants and volunteers to write on a big board some of the key traits that perceive as relevant to present to interviewers. This will visually display the difference and the gap presented between the participants and the volunteers who understand what the corporate world looks for.

Through this exercise, we hope to build participants’ social and cultural capital.  

 

3. Summary and Present

Participants will stand up in front of the wider group to present what they have discussed, and volunteers will lead the participant in articulating in the right style.  Volunteers will also lead the participants in letting the group understand how his/her experiences meet some of the traits that were listed out in Part 2.

This process aims to encourage participants articulate their thoughts in front of a big group and learn how to maximise their chance of communicating effectively to any interviewer.

 

4. Role Play

Volunteers will first do one role play in front of the wider group as a demonstration.  Each participant will have an opportunity to complete a role play with their volunteer afterwards.

This final session reinforces the teaching from the previous sessions.  It also provides an opportunity for participants to ask any questions, further strengthening the bond the participants have with volunteers involved - further transferring cultural capital.


Q: Who can join? A: 13-20 years old.
Q: How long is the workshop? A: One-day Workshop (10am – 4pm).
Q: Where is it held? A :Within school or at a corporate office located in Central area.
Q: Do I have to pay? No, the Workshop is FREE of charge. Once a class is confirmed, a shuttle bus will be arranged to pick students from the school to the venue.
Q: When is the next workshop? A: We can open workshops upon request.
Q: How do I apply to be a participant? A: Teachers applying on behalf of students can complete the excel form that follows with this email and return it by email.
Q: How can I apply if I want to be a volunteer? A: Please contact Ada Wong at : adawong@projectsharehk.org
Q: How many people in a workshop? At least 10 to open a workshop Maximum 40 young people to one workshop
Q: How should participants prepare for the workshop? A: Participants will need to be open minded and receptive to meeting a person who is not from their original background.