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Tips for your Apprenticeship Interview!

Posted 14th June 2023

When you have a successful application, you will be invited to an interview for your Apprenticeship! An Apprenticeship interview is often like interviews for any other job. See all our tips below to prepare for YOUR interview!

The interview is a chance for the employer to see if you will be a right fit for the job and provides you with the chance to make a good impression. You will be able to expand on your skills and what you can offer to the employer.

This is also an opportunity for you to make sure that the job is right for you!

Interviews can vary depending on the employer, for our apprenticeship vacancies in Early Years or TA you will be interviewed face-to-face in the setting. The interviewer may be the class teacher, head teacher or Nursery Manager. You will usually get shown around the school or early years setting too so that you know what to expect if you are hired!

 

What should I do before going to an Apprenticeship Interview?

  • Make sure you have read the job description fully, so you know exactly what the company is looking for!
  • Take time to read and understand the apprenticeship you are applying for and what commitment you will be making to the learning required. You can do this by ensuring you have fully read and understood the course leaflet associated with your course.
  • Our course information can be found here for our apprenticeships –  Teaching Assistant Level 3 and Early Years Practitioner Level 2 and Early Years Educator Level 3
  • Research the employer by looking at their website and social media.
  • Plan your journey – it’s not great to be late! If you are using public transport, it is a good idea to do a trial run.

 

What questions will I be asked at the interview?

During your interview, you will be asked several questions. These are not designed to trip you up, but to make sure that you are the right fit for the company! Employers will generally ask different types of questions while interviewing, so it is good to prepare yourself beforehand. This could include:

  • Competency-based questions, where you will be asked to give examples to show they have relevant skills for the job. You can pull from things you have done in school, work or your free time!
  • Strength-based questions, which explore what you enjoy doing or do well. These are generally used to find out more about your practical or teamworking skills. Make sure you have read the job description and have relevant examples for the job.
  • Technical-based questions will make sure you understand the job-related knowledge and understanding of work processes. It is important to do some research into the industry so you know what they will be looking for!
  • Situational judgement questions to test how you would react in work situations and the ability to problem solve.
  • Value-based questions are typically used in health and care jobs to confirm that the applicant shares the right values and understands the employers’ culture. Make sure you have researched the employer’s website and social media!
  • Motivational questions help the employer to see what drives you and ensure that you are the right fit.

It is important to structure and practise answering commonly asked interview questions to properly prepare for an interview. Prepare some practice questions and ask a friend or family member to go through them with you.

 

Just before I go in…

  • Make sure you have turned off any devices such as your phone.
  • Take a deep breath – nerves are completely normal during the interview!
  • Smile and shake the hand of your interviewer.
  • Don’t be afraid to accept or ask for some water if needed – remember you will be talking a lot during the interview.

 

Tips for during the interview

  • Be polite and friendly – this is a formal setting, but interviewers will still want to see your personality!
  • Listen carefully to each question and give yourself a moment to think about your answer – if you are uncertain, just ask the interviewer to repeat or explain the question.
  • Be positive about your experiences! Even when describing something that went wrong, you can demonstrate what you learned from the situation.
  • Tell the truth. Over-exaggerating can come back to bite you!
  • Avoid 1-word answers – try and ensure each answer is at least a couple of sentences long.
  • Ask questions to show you are engaged and interested.
  • Thank the employer for their time.

 

What happens after my Apprenticeship Interview?

The hard part is now over! No matter what the outcome of the interview, this will have been a fantastic learning experience. Write down any questions you didn’t have answers to so that you can prepare for any future interviews. Reflect on what went well and what you could have improved on.

If you are successful, remember to accept the offer in a timely manner. Make sure you find out all the details for starting the job, including start date and next steps. If you decide to decline the offer, ensure you are polite and also come back in a timely manner.

If you are unsuccessful, take away what you can for future interviews! Interviewers are generally happy to provide feedback, so feel free to ask if they have not already. Think about what went well and what you could improve on for next time.

 

Good luck to everyone preparing for their interviews! If you would like any additional help, please feel free to contact our tutors at any time and they will support you as much as possible.

Find any additional resources online that you think will help with your process!

The Apprenticeships website offers a lot of advice on the interview process.

National Careers Service Interview Tips.

Speak to your local college or school career advisor.

 

Download our Interview Checklist today!