Starting the application process for apprenticeships can be stressful especially when it comes to the interviews. So, we’ve put together our top 5 tips on how to nail your interview to secure your dream apprenticeship!
1) Preparation is key.
Give yourself some time the night before or even a few days ahead of your interview to prepare (the more time the better!). Use this time to work out what you will wear and the materials you might need for the day i.e. pens, notebook, extra copies of your CV, etc. Preparing your bag the night before will help you avoid forgetting anything! Most importantly, preparing allows you to use the time before your interview to relax and clear your head.
2) Practice makes perfect.
You may also find it useful to practise some answers to potential interview questions. Researching questions and jotting down answers can allow you to respond quickly and concisely which can impress the interviewer(s). This can also take off the pressure of having to think of examples on the spot!
3) Do your research!
Researching the company and job role can allow you to adapt your “pitch” to show why you would suit the job perfectly. For instance, if the job requires you to be highly organised, you can use your storytelling techniques to give an example of when you demonstrated your organisation skills.
Furthermore, use your research to show how you would suit the company environment. Employers typically look for apprentices who show a passion for their industry and company, so make sure you emphasise this.
4) Presentation speaks for itself.
Your physical presentation can tell the interviewer a lot about you, including the outfit you wear. Attending an interview in baggy jeans can appear as “scruffy” and “careless” whereas wearing a fitted suit can show professionalism. It’s best to avoid jeans and general casual wear. You should try to match the place you’re working for e.g. tech start-up – smart casual, department store – smart. Match the company’s culture, but make sure you’re comfortable.
5) Power of posture!
During the interview, your posture can have an impact on your speech and general self-presentation. Ensure you adopt the correct posture with your shoulders back, and your back comfortably straight. Slouching in an interview can come across as lazy so sitting straight can show that you’re positive and approachable. Adopting the correct posture can also assist with your breathing which is vital for speaking in a calm and concise manor.
Hopefully, you should now be feeling confident and ready to nail your interview! We wish you the best of luck in your interviews and the rest of your career.