An interview for an apprenticeship can naturally be a daunting prospect, after all the outcome could determine your future career. However, if you’re fully prepared you’ll give yourself the best chance of securing that coveted role. Here’s our top tips on how to prepare for and conduct yourself at an interview.
Do your homework
Research the company you’ve applied to work for and make sure you’re familiar with the job role. Have a look at the website, find out the type of work it does and the number of people it employs. It shows you’re interested in what could potentially be your new employer, and that you’re organised, enthusiastic and willing to learn. Additionally, you may be asked a question by your interviewer about the company or the role, and if you don’t know the answer it could throw you off track.
If you’re not used to it, practice speaking out loud and ask a friend or family member to play the role of the interviewer. It will help build your confidence ahead of speaking to what could potentially be several people at the interview. It’s also useful to consider the questions you might be asked and think about the answers. You don’t want to sound too rehearsed, but it’s important you’ve given it some thought and that you’re comfortable.
Be on time
Plan your transport and route beforehand, and if it’s somewhere you’ve never been before it’s a good idea to do a practice run in advance. On the day of the interview, set off in plenty of time but if you are delayed for a reason out of your control, such as a traffic accident, make sure you have the contact details of the person you’re meeting with so you can let them know what time you’ll be there. All employers value punctuality.
Dress to impress
Make sure you’re suitably smart. Plan what you’re going to wear so you won’t have to spend valuable time before your interview rushing to get ready, time that should be spent feeling relaxed but focused. First impressions count, and turning up to an interview looking presentable will help you score top marks.
Check you have everything you might need, such as hard copies of your CV, references or any examples of previous work you’ve mentioned in your application. It will show you’re prepared and organised. Another good tip is to prepare some questions of your own; even if they get answered throughout the course of the interview, showing that you’ve considered them in advance will leave a favourable impression.
Even if you aren’t successful, ask for feedback to help you next time if necessary. It may be the role wasn’t quite the right fit, something you said or a gap in skills.