London, UK (PRWeb UK) September 18, 2009
The majority of sixth form colleges in the UK are failing to give their students enough life skills to get into the university they deserve.
That's according to one of the country's leading interview technique experts who also says most colleges are at a loss when it comes to teaching vital interview skills.
Less able students who interview well beat the better qualified to prized places.
Many gifted young people might never have experienced an interview situation before and, with so much at stake, are falling at the important final hurdle.
"Competition for places in the most popular courses is fierce now. A-level students are achieving better grades, meaning that the interview process is more important than ever," says David Baker, MD of Evolutions International.
"The interview is seen as the tie-breaker by tutors when choosing who to accept."
Baker has been coaching students and graduates in interview techniques for 15 years. He says that far too few candidates bother to consider their responses to likely questions and prepare questions of their own.
Rosie Collins is an A-level student at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, who did training with Evolutions.
"I really didn't think I'd been any good in the training," says Collins. "I was pretty shy, but my feedback was that I was actually quite good in the interview. That gave me confidence, not just for university, but life in general."
Despite spending thousands of pounds on their children's education, many parents are taking an extra step and booking a course on EvolutionsUK.co.uk.
"Everyone is nervous in interviews and rightly so," says Baker. "But people can pass with flying colours if they have the right training.
"Sadly a brilliant scholar may be an awful interviewee."
Evolutions offers The Edge - a bespoke interview training simulation course which claims to increase applicant success rate by 70 per cent.
The Edge uses psychometric profiling techniques and role-play with actors to hone interview skills. The two-day programmes are run across the UK and all candidates will receive feedback and role-play recordings following the course.
Notes to editors
EvolutionsUK.co.uk provides one-to-one bespoke interview training simulations for students and graduates. Through psychometric profiling, role-play and ongoing coaching, individuals can increase their chances of interview success by 70 per cent. Evolutions runs two course - The Edge for graduates and job seekers and The Confidence Gap for sixth-formers seeking university places.
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For more information about Evolutions and MD David Baker go to http://evolutionsuk.co.uk/