With a view to improving the employability skills of students and enhancing the achievement of Graduate Attributes (GAs) through innovative teaching methodology, the staff at the English Language Centre of UTAS-Ibri have imparted the 'live experience' of job interviews to the students of Public Speaking. The event was supported by the Head of English Language Centre Dr Abdulsalam al Manthari. Heba Qureshi (Lecturer ELC and Coordinator Public Speaking) provided the platform for formal walk-in job interviews to help the Post-Foundation students acquire the skills to face an interview.
Students underwent a great deal of practice in the classrooms before the actual day of walk-in job interviews. They also provided their views during the practice sessions. The other arrangement included setting up the venue, preparing the waiting lounge for the candidates, panel members’ arrangement, recording each interview and candidates’ opinion before and after the interviews. Panel members were also video interviewed for their views and opinions about the activity. The ELC staff members who participated in the activity included Dr Michelle Mendoza, Khalid al Gharibi, Salim al Shukeli, Maha al Darei, Adeebah al Sawafi, Mokhtar Lafi, Zahra Arab, Rabeea Ibrahim, Dr Amir Abbas, Mobina Kamran, Dr Mamo Alo and Mazahar Engameh.
As analysis of any activity helps in the implementation of ADRI and this analysis is critical for better planning in the next stage. In this regard, the feedback of involved staff and students was also taken via questionnaire. As per the result of the survey conducted, both students and staff showed high rate of satisfaction 5 on a Likert scale of 1-5. The result also indicates that students want to go through more practical sessions like this as it helps strengthening their self-confidence, managing pressure, and employability skills and these are the skills set as per the Graduate Attributes (GAs). Heba requested the panel members to ask any other question which is not on the list of questions if the panel observes a candidate as more competent. This intended to test the preparation level for extempore answers and students presented great answers for any surprise questions.
Both days were successfully covered by ETC and a video is under progress to be uploaded on the university website. Students and staff have expressed their views and comments in this video. The Head of ELC, Dr Abdulsalam al Manthari appreciated the efforts and congratulated the staff and students on their hard work and great performance.