Preparation is key when it comes to readying yourself for an interview.
Here at Developing U, we want to ensure candidates are well placed to deliver when it comes to meeting with potential employers and education providers.
Here are FIVE key steps to enjoying success in your interview…
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH
Make sure you have thoroughly researched the company you are to be interviewed by. You are bound to be asked what you know about the company, so do your homework and be ready. Have a look at the company’s website, seek further information online and in the news. Even take a look at their social media accounts, as key information can often be found there. A clear answer, displaying your knowledge of the company will stand you in good stead for what is to follow.
2) UNDERSTAND THE APPRENTICE ROLE
Read the job description closely and if there is anything present which you are not sure of, call and ask the question before the day of the interview. Look at the key points and be sure to explain when being interviewed how you are the right fit. Explain how your skills and experience are relevant to the role and be confident when delivering your views.
3) PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
You cannot afford to be late for the interview and, beforehand, even undertaking a practise run to the venue where it is taking place. Being late will affect the employer and ultimately affect your chances of success. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance, providing plenty of time for things to not go entirely to plan. Perhaps wander around the surrounding area and then present yourself for the interview with no less than 10 minutes to spare.
4) GET THE INFORMATION YOU NEED
There is nothing wrong with asking questions about the apprenticeship. You need to know what you are heading for and it displays a level of maturity and responsibility towards the person/s doing the hiring. Perhaps note some queries down prior to the interview and take them in with you.
5) DRESS TO IMPRESS
How you present yourself often depends on the role you are vying for – but never be afraid to ask the question. A suit can sometimes be too much, though looking smart is essential. Dressing appropriately will undoubtedly make you feel more confident, which, in turn, can increase your hopes of nailing the interview.