Increasingly, the interview is an absolute prerequisite for passing into secondary schools. Previously, this was an assessment feature only employed by schools such as Eton College but has now been adopted virtually across the board.
Some children do not find the interview challenging. They are very happy conversing freely about their interests and ambitions. Nevertheless, it can be a daunting prospect for others. We run many interview practice sessions to bring out the best in children before this important day.
Our company philosophy is never to encourage children in any particular direction during the sessions. For instance, if they are interested in sport, they don’t need to say they’re passionate about maths! In our experience, children have the interests but often don’t have the confidence to articulate them. It is our goal to find this confidence and cement it. Interview practice sessions require no prior assessment. However, it is always good to get some information on the child’s background and this can easily be done over the phone.