Common Apprenticeship Interview Questions


TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

This is one of the most common interview questions for apprentices. It's often used as an ice breaker. It's a way for the interviewer to encourage you to relax and to give the best answer. They want to get to know more about your education and any work experience you may have. Or to get to know you more on a personal level. What you like to do in your spare time, the skills and qualities you have or anything about your personality that could benefit the role.

  • Tell them what you are interested in; Do you play as part of a sports team? Do you have a passion for cooking?
  • Make sure you speak clearly. Let the interviewer get to know your personality; They will be looking to see how you will fit into their company culture.
  • Keep your response simple; only elaborate if the interviewer asks you to or if the interviewer looks interested in what you are saying! If they look disinterested, move on.
  • Avoid controversial subjects such as politics, religion, personal opinions

TOP TIP 1: Keep it short; aim for a around minutes response.  You don't need to give your life story. Briefly talk about your CV, any work experience and interests.

TOP TIP 2: Practice this question. Write down your answers, reduce those answers to the facts and the key points of interest.

WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?

This is important. Your response needs to be positive and confident. This is where your research about the company is vital! You can read about prepping for interviews here. But in short, visit the company website, read the job description and map your skills to the role.

  • Talk about what you know about the company. Why you want to work for them, and what attracted you to the position and the company.
  • Talk about the role and why you want to do it. Why do you want a career in this field?
  • Let the employer know you have taken the time to research the company and the job role in detail.

TOP TIP: Do a bit of professional stalking. The 'About Us' page on their website is a good place to start. Also, look at their Social Medial and LinkedIn posts to find out about any new products or contracts they have won.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS?

You have applied for an apprenticeship! Therefore, the employer is likely to want to know what you understand about apprenticeships and why you applied!

  • Hopefully, if you have applied through a training provider or college, they will have explained all you need to know.
  • The interviewer will expect you to understand the basics of apprenticeships and how it will benefit you!

TOP TIP: Apprenticeships are about gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours relative to your role and are delivered by training providers one to one. Throughout your training, you will apply the skills and knowledge you learn to your employer's workplace. So have a look at the course details and explain to the interviewer what interests you about the course and how you believe it will benefit you and them when doing your job.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?

  • Avoid using answers from an HR manual. They usually are very generic and not personal to you!
  • Sure, you have loads of strengths, but try to avoid giving a long list. Instead, pick one or two and discuss in brief how you have applied these strengths to a situation of benefit and detail the outcome. This will allow the interviewer to get to know you better.
  • One good one we have heard from an apprentice was, "I like technical things…I often help my younger brother with his IT school work …which is why I think IT & Digital services is the right career for me."

 TOP TIP: No one is perfect, and you will likely be asked about your weaknesses. Again, avoid a long list. But have an answer ready. A good answer we've heard is. "I had a fear of presenting and when in college we had to present our findings of some research..so I got together some classmates, we combined our research and did a group presentation with individual parts which gave me confidence. Whilst I sometimes find it daunting…I can now present on my own"

 

 


10 Aug 2021

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