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Before the interview

An interview is usually the final stage of the application process and is your final chance to impress your potential employer. Here are a few tips that you might find useful…

On the day of the interview
Understand the format of the interview and what it entails. Sometimes employers ask candidates to complete a task, so getting as much information beforehand will help you to prepare.

Research the company thoroughly, make sure you understand what the company is about and their mission and values. Think about how you might answer standard interview questions such as:

  • Why are you interested in the Apprenticeship?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year?
  • What experience do you have that you could apply to this role?
  • What qualities do you think are important to successfully fulfilling this role?

Look back at the job description. This will help you to think of the kind of questions that the employer may ask and it will also remind you of what they are looking for. Make sure you know where you’re going and how long it takes to get there. Planning ahead is key – don’t be late!

On the day of the interview

  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, it’s better to be early than turn up late. Arriving around 10–15 minutes early is always a good idea to make the right first impression
  • Dress smartly – formal attire should always be worn to an interview, unless otherwise stated – so make sure you shine those shoes!
  • Be truthful and don’t rush your answers. Remember you’re prepared and you have examples ready to answer their questions
  • Ask questions. An interview is an opportunity for you to find out more about the role and the company you could potentially be working for
  • Stay positive and enthusiastic throughout the interview – SMILE!

Don’t forget, if you don’t secure an Apprenticeship straight away you can always enrol onto a full-time course. Speak to a member of the Apprenticeship Team to discuss your options. Call 01282 440 319 or email apprenticeships@nelson.ac.uk

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