The apprenticeship interview is a two-way process which is as much about you being sure that the vacancy is for you as the employer being comfortable that you meet the requirements of the role. Our interview tips will help put your mind at ease, especially if this is your first experience of an interview.
Before the interview
Interviews give you and a prospective employer a short opportunity to get to know each other. In order to make the best impression and prove that you are the right candidate for the apprenticeship vacancy, it is vital that you plan for your interview. Your preparation should include:
- Getting to an interview on time is essential so plan your journey, Check out public transport or, if driving, make sure you have tested out how long it takes and have a printed map or satellite navigation system
- Set up an email filter so that any correspondence between you and the person/company with whom you’ve applied is all in one place. That way, if you’ve applied for more than one apprenticeship you can make sure that you have a record of each one and what they require. (Some might require ID, National Insurance number, certificates or a portfolio of work).
- Make sure you know everything about the company. Check out their website, social media or any literature and use this to formulate some questions for the interview. If a friend or a member of the family works for the company ask them what it is like to work there.
- Email your confirmation that you are attending and be sure to include a receive and read receipt.
At the interview
Having spent time preparing for the interview and finding out about the company, it's important to make a great impression on the person or people interviewing you. Our top interview tips include:
- Dress smartly. First impressions are very important.
- Arrive in plenty of time for your interview. This will give you an opportunity to make sure you’re in the right place and gather your thoughts before the interview. Smile and retain eye contact at reception, be polite and speak clearly.
- Sit up straight, make eye contact and listen to what your interviewer is saying.
- Do not interrupt your interviewer mid-flow. Make sure they have finished what they are saying before you respond.
- Take your time and think carefully before you answer any questions and don’t panic. If you’re not sure on something, there’s no reason you shouldn’t ask your interviewer to repeat or clarify something they’ve said.
- Answer confidently ensuring that you have provided a full response.
- Ensure you use the interview to find out everything you need to know to be in a position to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to accept the apprenticeship vacancy if it is offered to you.
After the interview
- If you are offered the role you were interviewed for, remember to ensure that you are fully aware of what is being offered before you make the decision to accept it. Ensure any verbal offer is followed up in writing and then provide a written acceptance.
- If you're not offered the job, remember to ask for verbal feedback so that you can use it to improve in the preparation for your next interview.