Bagging an interview for an apprenticeship is a great achievement in itself – don’t let the fear of the unknown of an interview put you off! We’ve put together these handy top 10 tips to help get you prepared and put your mind at ease!
Read up on your CV
Make sure you know your CV back to front, that way any CV related questions that come at you shouldn’t be an issue!
Practise common interview questions
Have a look online for common interview questions and practise, practise, practise! This will help put you at ease and you won’t sweat it when you get asked about your professional strengths and weaknesses or when they ask ‘why should we hire you?’
Take another look at the job description
Have the job description fresh in your mind and use it to your advantage, refer back to it in your answers if you can – this is a sure way to impress your interviewer as it’ll show your enthusiasm and interest.
Read up on the company
Would you employs someone who knew nothing about your company? More than likely you wouldn’t, nothing is more off-putting to an employer than someone coming in for an interview who knows nothing about the company they’ve applied to work for.
Plan your outfit the night before
Interviews can be stressful enough, don’t pile more pressure and stress on yourself by leaving the outfit planning until the day of the interview. By pre-planning your outfit you free up more time and your mind can focus on the interview.
Leave plenty of time for your journey to the interview
If you need to get public transport to your interview check the times! If driving make sure you set off with plenty of time to spare, turning up late to an interview doesn’t leave a good impression and could ruin your chances before you even start the interview.
Make a good first impression
When arriving at your interview make sure you’re well-presented and greet reception with a smile. Having a positive attitude from the moment you walk into the building won’t go unnoticed.
Take time to think about your answers
Don’t panic if you get asked a tricky question, take a deep breath and give yourself a few seconds to think of an answer.
Let the interviewer know your passion for the industry you’re applying for, tell them why it excites you, why you want to get into your chosen field and where you hope to end up in a few years’ time.
Never leave an interview without asking questions, this is your chance to find out more about the company and show to the interviewee that you are keen to find out more about the company.
Hopefully now you feel more ready than ever for your interview – keep in mind, they were impressed with you just going off your CV – now is your time to shine and impress them even more!