Before the interview…

Research the company

Spend some time researching the company as this will give you confidence should you be asked a question on what the company does. It will also allow you to ask the employer questions.

Prepare for the interview…

Find out what the interview will involve; make sure you’re prepared.

Finding out how long the interview is likely to last will give you an idea of how detailed the interview will be. You should also find out if you will have to take a test or make a presentation.

Dress for success!

  • Ditch the denim
  • Keep it simple
  • Be well presented

You don’t have to buy a new outfit, just aim for a neat, clean and tidy appearance – if you look good it will help you feel confident.

Plan your journey

Make a note of the date, time and location of the interview, plan how you will get there and consider doing a test run before the day.

Make sure you’ve got the information you need to take with you to the interview

  • A copy of your CV or application form to refer to
  • Notes or cue-cards to help if you think you might need a prompt during the interview
  • Any items the employer has asked you to bring along, for example, references, certificates or your driving licence
  • Read the job advert or any information you have again before the interview to refresh your memory

On the day

  • Give yourself time
  • Arrive early
  • First impressions count
  • Don’t forget to eat!

Interview tips

  • Enter the room confidently
  • Shake hands firmly and introduce yourself
  • Smile
  • Be polite and friendly
  • Try to maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to
  • Look interested, and ask questions as well as answering
  • Answer questions as fully as you can, avoid just saying “yes” and “no”
  • Tell the truth
  • Ask if you don’t understand a question
  • Speak clearly
  • Sell yourself – get your good points across and be positive

Some standard interview questions you might want to prepare for

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why did you choose this Apprenticeship?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What has been your greatest achievement to date?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would your friends and colleagues describe you?
  • What are your future aspirations?
  • What can you offer to your new team and company?

Most of all, prepare, relax and be yourself!