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?
- 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.