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Interview preparation

You've heard the saying - you never get a second chance to create a first impression.  Well it's true!

Being prepared, understanding the different stages and methods of interview, and anticipating the interview environment are vital if you want to do well in your interview.

With the right preparation and research, you will be more confident and find it easier to answer questions - and the questions you ask will be more relevant!

The interview stages

Your initial interview may be done over the telephone, using facetime, on Skype, or face-to-face.  However it happens, it will be done by someone from the TrAC apprentice management team. We will talk to you about the types of apprenticeships that you are interested in and find out a little bit more about you.

After your first interview, if we think you will make a good apprentice or that you could do with some work experience or a traineeship, the Apprentice Development Manager will start to look for businesses for you. They will write up a short biography on you that you approve to send out to potential businesses. You may also be expected to do some research yourself to find the perfect fit.

You will then be invited to attend a face-to-face interview with the Apprentice Development Manager, this gives you and the Apprentice Development Manager to get to know each other and find out how you can best work together. 

Once a business has been found that is a suitable fit for what you want to do, we will arrange a face-to-face interview with the business. Don’t worry, someone from TrAC Apprenticeships Norfolk will attend with you for support.

You may be expected to do some work experience, this would only be for up to 2 weeks and gives both you and the business a chance to see if it is truly the right fit. We will be in contact throughout to offer support and guidance.

Remember: it is always important to do some preparation before an interview. Our Apprentice Development Managers will support you and give you some hints and tips.

Before the interview - prepare well

There are some basics things you should do before your interview:

  • Speak to your Apprentice Development Manager about the role you are interviewing for
  • Check your invitation to interview - do you know where you are going and how to get there?
  • Who is interviewing you and what are their roles?
  • Read the apprenticeship description and the original job advert if you applied in response to one
  • Identify some likely interview questions

 

Prepare and practice answering questions either with friends, support staff or family, or on your own, out loud in the mirror. This will help you assess your experience and give you confidence on the day.Think about what qualities you could bring to the role, relating to your skills and experience (i.e. playing sport might demonstrate team work).

 

Identify some questions to ask at the end. Ask two but prepare three or four in case some have been raised already.

 

Prepare and practice answering questions either with friends or family, or on your own, out loud in the mirror. This will help you assess your experience and give you confidence on the day.  Think about what qualities you could bring to the role, relating to your skills and experience (i.e. playing sport might demonstrate team work).

Identify some questions to ask at the end.  Ask two, but prepare three or four in case some have been raised already.

Creating the right impression

Think about what you are going to wear - your clothes should be ironed and clean and so should shoes - prepare these and any documentation the night before.

Plan all travel arrangements beforehand and do a practice run in advance if possible.  On the day of your interview leave plenty of time for the journey and plan to arrive for your interview slightly early.

Get a good night’s sleep - don’t be preparing into the night, and eat a sensible breakfast or lunch depending on what time of day your interview will take place.

Top tips for the best interview experience

  • Turn your mobile phone off / to silent
  • Talk naturally and stay calm, friendly and focused
  • Get across key skills such as honesty, reliability and communication
  • Good people skills are important too – ask yourself, can you work well in a team?
  • Demonstrate your experience and remember to focus on the contribution you will make

Top tips for the best interview experience

  • Know your strenghts and weaknesses and present both positively
  • Don’t be negative about previous experiences
  • Take time to consider a question before answering
  • Don't try to anticipate everything
  • Relax and admit when you don’t know the answer to something
  • At the end of the interview smile and say thankyou

 

 

We want you to do well at your interview and we want to help you find the apprenticeship that is right for you.

If you have any questions or would just like to talk to us about your interview in advance, please get in touch.

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