The latest issue (January 2018) of OTnews, the official monthly magazine of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), features an article with Sonru client, University of Liverpool’s Careers & Employability Service. The article discusses how they’ve been using asynchronous video interviewing to conduct ‘mock’ interviews with their occupational therapy students. An overview is presented below.
As part of a ‘Transition to newly qualified therapist’ module, ‘mock’ face-to-face job interviews are offered, in collaboration with local NHS and social care employers, to the final year students to give them the experience of interview processes and techniques.
Due to the recruiters and university teaching staff’s time limitations, only half of the students were able to receive a face-to-face interview and feedback on their performance with the remainder observing the interviews. Feedback suggested that students neither wanted to be observed nor be the observer.
By automating this ‘mock’ interview using Sonru’s asynchronous video interviewing platform, all final year occupational therapy students were given an opportunity to complete a ‘mock interview’. Upon completion, students then had a mandatory face-to-face review meeting with a tutor who gave feedback on their performance (consistent with local employers offering a mock interview).
“All staff involved agreed it was worthwhile to do, as they were able to give detailed feedback on answers, coaching about interview techniques and non-verbal communication skills. This also opened up opportunity for students to develop self-awareness. The collaboration has also enhanced our employability preparation portfolio. Students provided positive evaluation of the video interview software, the experience of the interview and the review session… Due to positive student and staff evaluation, we will contribute to offer this opportunity to our students.”