Level 3 Computing students from New City College-Redbridge were given the opportunity to visit Canary Wharf and attend interviews with staff from leading financial services company Credit Suisse. The event, organised in partnership with East London Business Alliance (ELBA) gave students the opportunity to gain experience of undertaking interviews in a corporate business environment. Participants received very useful tips and were given direct feedback on their performance!
Clint Mengolli, Level 3 90 Credit Computing student, said 'It was a great opportunity to have had the first-hand experience of what it's like to be in a one-to-one interview. Something very important that I learnt was that the beginning of the CV is what matters the most in terms of their first impressions of me.'
Parita Patel, the Operations Analyst at the firm, interviewed George Meloyan (Level 3 90 Credit in Computing) and said 'I have done many of these interviews and this has been the best one! Never met anyone as confident and bubbly as George!'
Staff at Credit Suisse, Canary Wharf was keen to give feedback to Russell Hasnat, Senior Curriculum Manager. Martin Pfeilsticker, Assistant Vice President - TSS Security Analyst (Credit Suisse) said 'It was a very good experience meeting the Computing students from New City College as they are studying courses related to my areas of duty! They asked relevant questions and I enjoyed sharing some of 20 years of experience at Credit Suisse.'
Elton Vulka, Level 3 Computing student, said 'It was a great experience for me, and it prepared me for the future where I will be ready to go into work for a multi-billion dollar company, and it assisted me to work on the problems I may have encountered in that mock interview.'
Clark Taylor, Trade Management Vice President (Credit Suisse), who interviewed said 'Students had very impressive and well prepared CVs. NCC students were appropriately dressed for the interview and conveyed a very good first impression.'
Borough Principal, Janet Smith said, 'Events such as these are vitally important to give our students the skills and confidence to compete for jobs in these prestigious companies. I am very proud of how well they all performed - they should encourage all of our students to set their aspirations high!'