An element of the Year 10 Business Studies course is Human Resource Management, and in order to reinforce their work on Recruitment and Selection, Tesco in Amersham agreed to give the students a taste of their employment process when they had two jobs advertised.

The students researched the company before writing their CV’s which they sent off with their psychometric tests and then awaited results. Dean Franklin took on the challenge of scrutinising the 40 applicants and pronounced them all worthy of consideration. Small group interviews were arranged for 2nd July to be followed by individual interviews for 4 shortlisted candidates. The group had a fantastic experience. They had been slightly apprehensive during the planning stages and there was a hint of panic in the air on the morning of the interview but by lunch they were busy telling everyone who would listen how well their interviews had gone!

It’s a tribute to Dean’s interpersonal skills and interviewing technique that he was able to put a large group of complete novices at their ease and enable them to show themselves at their best. The feedback he gave was extremely valuable and definitely made a difference to their interview performance. All four students shortlisted for a second, individual interview incorporated Dean’s feedback and impressed him as a result. Tesco’s reputation would have been safe in their hands.