How To Ace Your Apprenticeship Interview – Part 2Posted: 6th of August 2015 by
Your apprenticeship interview is likely to be the first time you will have ever had to go to a ‘formal’ job interview – and can therefore be a nerve-wracking time. However, you needn’t worry if you follow our tips for acing the interview, as you will be prepared to present your best side and give yourself the best chance of getting accepted for the training.
If you haven’t already done so, check back to yesterday’s blog for part 1 (Click here for Part One of ‘How To Ace Your Apprenticeship Interview’). Once you are all up to speed with the preparations mentioned there, you will be all ready to get ready for the interview itself!
- Look Up Obvious Questions
You should have already thought about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your reasons for wanting to do the apprenticeship. You will also know a little bit about the company and job you are applying for, so this next part won’t be too tricky. Try to think about the sort of questions you may be asked at interview. Of course, it is hard to advise you here without knowing what you want to do – but a little looking online should help if you are really stuck. Otherwise, common sense might help with some more obvious interview questions. For example, ‘How would you handle a customer who was unhappy?” If you can come up with a few answers for typical questions will be more relaxed in the interview when answering them – even better if you can come up with any examples of when you may have handled similar situations in the past!
- Any Questions?
As well as answering questions you will need to be prepared to ask one or two yourself. Most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions for them, so think of something before you go. You can use this opportunity to find out more about the company or the job itself, while also being able to show some of your personality. Keep things serious, and try to avoid just asking how much money you will be paid. Try to think of three questions before you go, as chances are, the interviewer will answer at least one of them before you get a chance to ask it!
- What To Wear
When it comes to your interview you should always dress well. Formal clothes (suits, skirt, trousers, tie, blouses, etc) are all the order of the day. Even if the company policy allows them to wear jeans and trainers, you should stay formal in your clothes. You are trying to get the apprenticeship and first impressions count, so make the right one. Show them that you are taking the opportunity to learn and earn with them seriously and look the part. You can always get changed later but for now you need to look your smartest – and that means being clean and tidy too. Look the part and you will also feel the part, so make sure your clothes are clean and ironed before you go.
- Feeling Nervous?
Interviewers will expect you to be a little bit nervous, and may actually welcome it. After all, if you’re not nervous it may make them wonder whether you care about the job or company or role at all? You can even tell the interviewer that you are a bit nervous, it will give the interviewer the chance to make some allowances for you or help to put you at your ease. They will want to see you at your best and if you are a good fit for the company as much as you will want to make the right impression!
- Be Yourself!
It is easy to fall into thinking that you have to be an overly formal, emotionless version of yourself in order to get a job, but that is not really the case. Yes, stay business-like, but don’t be afraid to show some of your personality. This doesn’t mean you should start telling jokes, but be friendly – an interviewer may want to see that you are the sort of person who can fit in and get along with others. Smile and sit / stand up straight when you are in the interview, it will give you an air of confidence – even if you’re not really feeling it!
By being prepared you will be more able to relax and show the best of yourself as the interview goes on – just be honest and show them how much you can offer the company and the role you are applying for!
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