MP Martin Vickers grills jobseekers in bid to boost their confidence
JOBSEEKERS came under intense scrutiny with an Apprentice-style interview to help improve their confidence.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers and businesswoman Nina Stobart, of Humber refinery Phillips 66, fired tough questions to six candidates at Immingham JobCentre Plus.
The mock 30-minute interviews challenged local young people aged 18 to 24 on their key skills, past employment and education.
Interviewee Michael Disley, 18, of Immingham, felt confident after the intense questioning.
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He has been looking for a job since January, ideally as a gym instructor, warehouse worker or any job which is "hands-on".
"I thought the interview went really well and I gave it all I had got," he said. "There were some testing questions on my strengths and weaknesses.
"I have done a few interviews before and this one has really helped me build my confidence.
"My next step is to go out there and visit local gyms in the area and offer my voluntary work.
"I am a keen, hardworking person and punctual – so I hope an employee will give me a chance. I am also currently waiting on results for an Security Industry Authority licence, to work in security."
Mr Vickers said: "I hope I have given the young people a higher insight into interviews and a boost of confidence.
"I am eager, as a local MP, to broaden opportunities for young people by this small contribution and, hopefully, it will help them into the job market.
"Michael has a very bright future and he came across very well – he may even have a future in politics!
"From my experience, one of the hardest questions has to be 'what are your weaknesses?'.
"And one of the most unusual interviews I've had was with Shireen Ritchie, stepmother to Guy Ritchie, who was chairman for the Conservative Party."
Mrs Stobart added: "It's a great opportunity to help the local community and hopefully they will benefit from it.
"I prepared by spending a couple of evenings reading through CVs, and they were very well done.
"Michael came back with some superb answers and I thought I had some difficult questions lined up!"