Applying for an apprenticeship can be daunting, especially when you don’t know where to start! We’ve put together this guide to provide you with information on the application process at WarnerMedia, and to give you some tips you can use along the way.
How to structure your CV
This may be the first job you’ve applied for and the first time you’ve had to write a CV, so here’s a checklist of what to include:
- Contact details – make sure to include you email address & phone number and check it’s correct as this is how we’ll contact you if you’re successful!
- Education – here you can add details of your Secondary School and Sixth Form, the subjects you studied and the grades you received (or are predicted to achieve)
- Work experience – describe any jobs or volunteering experience you have done, include 1-2 bullet points detailing what you did and what skills you gained
- Skills – both hard and soft skills can be included here. Some examples of hard skills are Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, financial systems etc. and examples of soft skills are teamwork, time management, communication etc.
- Interests – provide details of anything else you take part in outside of school or work (e.g. sports clubs, volunteering etc.)
We would suggest keeping your CV to one page, if needed it should be a maximum of two pages. Make sure you proofread your CV for spelling and grammar before submitting it – if possible, it’s a good idea to ask someone else to check it over as well.
At WarnerMedia we are committed to diversity and inclusion, we encourage you not to include your photograph on your CV.
Note: when applying for apprenticeships, don’t be put off by the job title. If you’re not sure what the job title means, read over the job description to understand what you would be doing on a day-to-day basis. You could be inspired by a new role that you’ve never heard of!
How to succeed in phone interviews
Once you have submitted your CV, if your application is successful, you will be contacted by our Early Careers team to complete a phone interview to discuss your skills and experience. At this stage, we really want to hear about your passion for working at WarnerMedia and the specific role you have applied for. Make sure to do your research beforehand and refer back to the job description to see details of the role and the skills required.
We also want to hear from you about why you chose to do an apprenticeship and what you hope to gain from taking this career path. There are no wrong answers!
Make sure to elaborate on all your answers with examples (e.g. one of my key strengths is time management, I demonstrated this when working in a part-time job whilst also completing my A Levels). Don’t worry if you have no work experience, you can give examples of when you’ve demonstrated skills during your time at school or in activities that you complete in your spare time.
What to do at your assessment centre or final interview
Firstly, be yourself! Once you reach this stage of the process, we want you to showcase how your skills make you right for the role you’re applying for.
With assessment centres, we are looking to see how you work in a team but also how you would cope with the demands of the role through a series of group and individual tasks. While these seem daunting, please don’t worry – we try to make the environment as relaxing and informal as possible.
For final interviews, make sure you refer back to the job description, explaining why you would be right for the role (e.g., I read in the job description that this role requires me to use Excel to create reports, I have developed my Excel skills at school completing this project (give an example) and I am confident using this system). If you don’t have a certain skill, you can explain that you haven’t had the opportunity to learn that skill, but you are eager to learn and hope that the role you’re applying for will help you develop.
Ahead of the day, make sure you prepare some questions to ask the team, this will show that you are interested in learning more. Whether your final stage assessment centre or interview is in-person or online, here are a few things to remember:
- Dress to impress!
- If online, find yourself a space that is quiet and well-lit.
- Leave plenty of time to get to the office or to get online (check your WiFi ahead of time).
- Prepare some relevant questions to ask.
- Research, research, research!
Finally, please don’t be disheartened if you are not offered the role. Getting to this final stage is a big achievement and will give you valuable experience for future roles. We will give you feedback if you make it to the final stage, so take this on board and use it to excel at future interviews or assessment centres.
We hope this was a helpful insight into the apprenticeship application process at WarnerMedia and wish you all the best in your applications, we hope to see some of you applying to our roles!