Pupils from Harlaw Academy have been learning how to prepare for job interviews with help from recruitment specialist TMM Recruitment.

The sessions, organised by DYW North East, see recruiters from the Aberdeen-based recruitment company delivering interactive workshops designed to give pupils an insight to what to expect during an interview and how best to prepare to really impress prospective employers.

According to Sabia Rahman of TMM Recruitment, the world of work can be a daunting place, especially for someone venturing into it for the first time.

“Young people have faced many challenges over recent years and there is no doubt that the global pandemic has had negative implications for young job seekers,” said Sabia.

“During some of their formative years they were forced to remain at home for sustained periods and many had limited interactions outside their immediate family.

“However, during the last quarter of 2022 the Office for National Statistics reported a record number of people moving out of ‘economic inactivity’, this was helped by 16-24 years olds either getting jobs or looking for work. These figures highlight the need to ensure all young people have the skills they need to successfully navigate job interviews.”

The sessions have been designed to be interactive and include practical exercises designed to develop their skills in terms of communication, critical thinking, planning and confidence.

Sabia explained: “We de-mystify the interview process, share advice on preparation that will impress employers, how to handle interview nerves and what to expect in terms of questions. During the sessions we help the young people identify personal values and transferable skills. Finally, we cover how to follow up professionally after an interview.”

Thalia Lyness from DYW North East said: “Our aim is that the young people leave feeling that they have learnt skills that they will be able to put into practice when they start their job search – whether they are looking for their first full-time role or want to find a part time job to earn some money while continuing to study.

“We hope the young people will feel more confident and have a better understanding of how to approach an interview, and how a recruitment agency could help them find work.”

TMM Recruitment was established in 1997. The team of recruitment experts specialise in a personalised approach to finding the best people for vacancies in sectors including accountancy and finance, engineering and planning, HR, IT, legal, office support, QHSE, supply chain and contracts, technical and industrial and executive search.

To find out more, visit www.tmmrecruitment.com

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