This Donaldson Week, the UIV (Year 9) girls were introduced to the world of online interviews via a bespoke platform tailored to St Mary’s girls, created in partnership with ‘Shortlist.Me’. Even before COVID-19 accelerated the transition to online working, the majority of FTSE 100 companies were outsourcing their recruitment and using platforms such as ours to create bespoke online interviews for candidate assessment. Certainly in their future, and already now for our current girls, familiarisation and mastery of online communication is going to be key to their success.

On Monday afternoon, after reflecting on their own unique personal qualities and the benefits of a range of skills from communication to cognitive and creative, they put these into practice. Invited to complete an online interview, girls created their account and recorded themselves responding to questions including 'Explain how your personal qualities and skills would be useful in this role' and 'Tell me about a time when you had to work with others to complete a task'.

Multiple attempts at a question were allowed – this time! Lots of the UIV thrived in ‘interview performance’ mode, whilst others took full advantage of the reflection time and self-assessment of their performance ahead of subsequent attempts. The AI technology assisting with reviewing submissions gave feedback on the number of words spoken per minute and the ‘filler words’ used, with some girls exclaiming, 'I used ‘like’ and ‘ummm’ seven times – better try again!' Almost everybody felt more confident for a future scenario by the end of our session, and had learnt a lot about themselves in the process.