Enhancing Student Employability Through Authentic Assessment


  • Mei Lim UniSA Business, University of South Australia




Student Employability, Authentic Assessment, Interview, Graduate Skills


This study explores the implementation of authentic assessment to enhance student employability through participating in interviews with real-world employers. Industry-leading employers conduct mock interviews with students to allow them to sharpen their interview skills and assist in understanding the expectations of prospective employers. A key finding of the study is that students who are equipped with the necessary training for interview skills and career development learning will gain confidence and self-esteem, fitted with both interview and soft skills, hence preparing them for answering interview questions and enabling an environment for students to feel confident in real-world interviews.


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How to Cite

Lim, M. (2024). Enhancing Student Employability Through Authentic Assessment. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 9(29), 149–153. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v9i29.6020