7+ MOCK GROUP INTERVIEW
We have taken the decision not to hold any 7+ group mock interview preparation sessions this term. Instead we are offering a bespoke one-to-one session which can either be online or in our offices with a senior consultant, following social distancing guidelines.
In the 7+ interview sessions, we run through how the interview process works, what types of questions might come up and how the children might like to approach answering these questions. It is vital that the answers come from the children themselves, not our consultants or a parent, but if we give them time to think in advance about their answers it will make them more confident on the day.
We run through other top tips for the interview for both academic and pastoral questions, as well as likely group activities and taster lessons. We also discuss the importance of positive, open body language. The session takes approximately an hour and we ask that a parent attends too so they can practise some of the skills with their child after the session. This means that most children do not need more than one stand-alone session with our consultant.
The JK 7+ mock group interview consists of three main sessions with a maximum of six children in a group. Schools are increasingly using group interviews to assess children’s ability and their interaction with others, so there is real value in preparing them this way.
The group interview tasks are delivered by a qualified, experienced senior teacher. An experienced member of the JK team watches the children’s responses and then writes up their observations and recommendations for each child. Each session is highly interactive and very similar to the type of activities and tasks that are given to children in the real 7+ group interview situations.
The skills we test during these mock interviews include: listening skills, collaboration, leadership skills, team work, general knowledge and the child’s behaviour. We always want this to be a very positive and helpful experience, so that in the real interviews they will be able to show their very best! Other skills tested will be oral comprehension and mental maths.
We follow up the day with a brief report on each child’s performance in the mock group interview. This report will be sent to parents along with some general information and tips to help you be involved in your child’s preparations for the real interviews, using this valuable feedback.
7+ mock group interview timings:
9.15 – 9.40 Warm-up activities to test behaviour, coordination and listening skills.
9.40 – 10.05 Task 1. Oral comprehension.
10.05 – 10.15 Task 2. Team task requiring collaboration.
10.15 – 10.30 Snack Time.
10.30 – 10.45 Task 3. Mental Maths.
10.45 – 11.15 Interview questions.
- INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEW PREPARATION FOR 7+
- Can be arranged with clients on an individual basis