Welcome parents

If you’re considering a one-to-one interview for your son or daughter following InterQuest testing, here is some more information to help you work out if an interview is right for you.

What questions might the counsellor ask?
What are the interview outcomes?
How can students prepare, if they’d like to?
How can parents let us know what’s important to you?

What questions might the counsellor ask?

  • There is no set format, and there are no right or wrong answers
  • Our counsellors use their years of experience to pick out the most salient points from the report, listen to your son or daughter’s responses to initial questions, and build from there
  • Often interviews start by looking at an overview of the student’s responses to the careers questionnaire. Then, some of the top subject/career areas are looked at in more detail along with the relevant aptitude scores
  • The counsellor will likely discuss relevant academic subjects and extracurricular activities and how these may link to future education pathways

What are the interview outcomes?

  • Student will have developed their understanding of how subject choices for education at 16+, university choices and career choices are inter-related
  • They will have a more solid understanding of their natural strengths and career interests, and where and how they correlate
  • Students will have some ideas for their future subject choices, and know who to ask or where to find further information
  • Students will have a clear idea of which career areas to research in more detail and how
One-to-one careers interview for students

How can students prepare, if they’d like to?

  • Read through the report and make a note of anything they would like to discuss
  • Think about which career area(s) they would like to discuss
  • Make a note of anything they don’t understand
  • Make a note of anything that doesn’t seem quite right to them
  • Be prepared to discuss school subjects and consider how these might link to future education and career pathways

How can parents let us know what’s important to you?

  • There is a section on the interview booking form to let us know your focus areas/preferences/priorities ahead of the interview
  • If you have already identified specific countries or specific universities you’d like to discuss please put them on the form
  • It’s also helpful for us to know what research you have done already (if applicable)
  • You can use this section to give details of any additional needs or background you feel may be relevant here too