• 17 May 2018

XLP joins Waterman for Interview Skills Workshop

As part of our collaboration with XLP, a London based charity that is creating positive futures for young people in deprived inner-city estates and communities, we were pleased to host an Interview Skills workshop in our London office aimed to provide tips and practice ahead of a job interview.

From preparation through to convincing the hiring manager that you are the one for the job. The workshop was attended by Ian Hiley, Community Projects Manager, and three young people from XLP.

XLP work with potential employers as a fundamental aim, seeking to find opportunities as part of their “Ready to Work” and Apprenticeship projects. Involving over 1,600 young people every week, in small groups and one-to-one, their remarkable achievements have been recognised for their engagement with senior politicians, policy makers and both local and national media, influencing opinion by discussing grassroots issues and potential solutions.

John Towers, Structures Director in London who has set up the current partnership with XLP, was also in attendance with Thomas Wright, Trainee Structures Engineer, and Emily Wingrove, Structures Graduate, as they offered their first-hand experiences in approaching a potential employer.

The interactive workshop was chaired by Waterman’s Group Learning and Development Manager, Nick Harrison, and covered a range of aspects of the interview process such as defining the ‘Job Interview’, interview skills – including preparation and planning, effective communication, video interview examples, leaving a lasting impression, alternative ways to secure a job and mock interviews with feedback.

Whilst initially quite nervous when entering the workshop, each candidate was able to leave with a newfound confidence in their abilities to obtain sustained employment in an area that suits their skills.

Nick Harrison, commented; “It is rewarding to support a dynamic and forward-thinking local charity such as XLP with the important work they are doing to support young people in our local communities. Going into a professional workplace can be a daunting prospect for most people and seeing how each candidate grew in confidence as the day went on was incredibly uplifting.

John Towers added; “I am hoping this is the first event of many based on other ideas and initiatives that we are seeking to arrange with XLP in the future.

For further information on XLP and the work they’re currently doing in the community, you can visit their website here.

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