Interview Tips

Interview Tips and Techniques

Our top tips to help you to prepare for an interview

Securing an Apprenticeship is the first step to an exciting and rewarding career.  You’ll work alongside industry experts and skilled professionals, developing the skills you need to climb the career ladder.  The process of applying for an Apprenticeship is the same as applying for a job – you’ll complete an application form and attend an official interview with an employer. Our top tips below will help you to prepare for interview and land your dream job!

Top 12 things to help you prepare for your interview

  • Ensure you have the vacancy details.
  • Research the company and occupation – make notes and prepare questions to ask.
  • Research how you will travel to the interview and arrange to arrive 10 minutes before.
  • Take your Record of Achievement/qualification certificates or predicted grades.
  • Consider questions an employer may ask you.
  • Consider previous experience you have had and collect evidence.
  • Consider your strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Be motivated and interested in the job that you are being interviewed for.
  • Don’t forget to turn off your mobile.
  • Prepare your interview clothes.
  • If you are unable to attend the interview make sure you ring and cancel the appointment and let NLTG know.
  • Promote yourself!

 

What employers look for at an interview

  • Smart appearance.
  • Pleasant personality – remember to smile!
  • Eye contact and positive body language.
  • Be able to talk about yourself, hobbies and interests.  Try not to answer questions with just ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

 

Possible questions an employer may ask you

  • Have you had any previous experience relating to the job?
  • Tell me about your previous employment including work experience or part-time work.
  • What qualifications do you have/hope to get?
  • What are your ambitions?
  • What are your strengths and areas for improvement?
  • Why do you want this job?

 

Don’t forget!

It’s becoming increasingly common for employers to research people on social media when they are recruiting – check what you post online to make sure it won’t affect your chance of employment.

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