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Feeling Nervous? Read Our Top Interview Tips For Apprentices

Feeling Nervous? Read Our Top Interview Tips For Apprentices

General interview tips:

  • Once you enter the interview room do not sit down until you have been offered a seat.
  • Make sure that you take copies of your CV, references and also any certificates.
  • Dress formally, for men this means a suit and tie. Looking sharp and smart can boost your confidence levels.
  • Make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview is due to start.
  • Try to stay relaxed and calm and avoid being fidgety or looking nervous. This will only create a tense atmosphere.
  • Listen carefully to any questions, make sure you understand them and then only give an answer related to it.
  • Show you are enthusiastic by giving a firm handshake and making positive eye contact.
  • During a conversation try to focus on areas that you feel confident in.

What not to do in an interview:

  • Eat chewing gum.
  • Avoid criticising your present or any previous employers.
  • Be late for the interview.
  • Discuss topics like religion or politics.
  • If it is your first interview then do not mention the salary.
  • Don’t exaggerate and always tell the truth.
  • Don’t be unprofessional. Although you should be yourself don’t be too pally with the interviewer or make jokes.

Have answers ready for typical interview questions like:

  • How do you think you can improve our company, what benefits could you bring?
  • What do you feel are your strongest points?
  • How would you describe your previous employer?
  • What made you apply for this job?
  • What motivates you in work?

Interview preparation

  • Read the CV that you have previously sent in to the employer. They will have the copy that you have sent in to them.
  • Plan in detail how you will get to the interview by car or public transport. This ensures that you will arrive on time.
  • Do not eat onions, garlic or smoke before an interview. They can leave an odour behind and this can be off putting.
  • Research the company thoroughly so you know what products and services they offer. Learn about their competitors and customers; remember the more information you have the more confident you will feel. Search the Internet for press releases and also recent product launches. Mention relevant points during the interview.
  • Make a list of your key skills, abilities and experiences that are related to the position you are applying for. Then ensure that you bring these up during the interview.
  • Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask at the interview. Only ask these right at the end of the meeting.
  • At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for their time and shake their hand.