Interview skills from the professionals!


(From left to right) Laraine Penson, Sophia Dryden, Lucy Laville, Andy Green, Megan Edwards and Anne Gregory

Leeds Met, in partnership with the CIPR, hosted a free event at the Rose Bowl last week, to help students improve their interview skills.

The event involved PR experts from the industry giving a presentation to students offering tips and advice, followed by speed dating style group interviews.

Andy Green of Green Communications began the evening in his own colourful and energetic way, with not ten but eleven top interview tips. Andy was followed by Laraine Penson who gave an open and endearing reflection about her recent interview experience for the Director of Communications role at Northern Ballet.

Professor Anne Gregory of Leeds Metropolitan University delivered a valuable presentation on how to answer five killer questions in an interview and Lucy Laville gave insightful advice from her own experience as an interviewer.

The students then split up into four groups, and the four professionals rotated around each group, asking them interview questions and offering advice.

Natalie Dickinson, a second year PR student said: “the evening had a really good format – the group workshop was very interactive and gave me the opportunity to engage with the professionals. 

 “I now feel confident  about my upcoming interviews and have picked up some valuable tips on how to sell myself.”

The event was a success, with PR course leader Lucy Laville branding it a ‘triumph’. 30 students from all levels of the PR course attended, making the student to professional ratio balance perfect. The students thoroughly engaged with the professionals and succeeded in gaining all the help and advice they needed.

The event was organised by Leeds Met CIPR Student Representatives Megan Edwards and Sophia Dryden, with support from Public Relations Course Leader, Lucy Laville.

Megan said: “We wanted to create an event that was relevant to students at this time, whilst giving them the opportunity to network and gain hands on experience with the professionals – we think we succeeded in this.”

Sophia added: “We would like to thank the professionals for giving up their time to attend at the event, we know how busy they are, so really appreciate their help.”

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