Congratulations! You’ve secured an interview for your apprenticeship. It’s natural to be nervous, but don’t panic, try to think of this as simply a chat between yourself and the company, so they can get to know you a little better, and you can see if they would be a good fit for your future.
Questions About You:
These questions do exactly what they say on the tin, help the interviewers to find out more about you as a person. Use these questions to show them what a great addition to the team you would be, and don’t be afraid to show off (but we really don’t recommend lying to make yourself sound faultless - it’s always best to be honest).
- Tell me about yourself
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What would say are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell me about your skills in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
These questions are used to assess how you react in certain situations, and interviewers will often ask you to give an example of a situation and then describe how you dealt with it. It’s best to use the STAR method here!
“Tell me about a time when....”
- You worked well in a team
- You dealt with conflict in a team
- You made a mistake
- You solved a problem
- You dealt with negative feedback
Apprenticeship and Company Questions:
These questions will show the interviewer that you understand the role, and have thought seriously about why you would like to work with them. This is an area you can really stand out in by researching the company and showing off your knowledge.
- What do you know about the company?
- Why this company?
- Can you name some of our major competitors?
- What attracted you to an apprenticeship?
- Why should we hire you?
Job Specific Questions:
These questions are similar to situational ones, but will vary depending on the apprenticeship, so try to think about what questions would be relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Sales: What qualities do you believe make an excellent salesperson?
- Customer Service: Tell me about a time you received/gave excellent customer service?
- Engineering: Tell me about how you’ve used logic to solve a complex engineering problem in the past.
- Data Analyst: Tell me something about the current state of the financial markets.
- Administration: How would you maintain accuracy when completing a repetitive task?
- HR: How do you create positive relationships between co-workers, customers and stakeholders?
- Accountancy: What are three examples of common budgeting methods?
Do you have any questions for us?
You will be asked this right at the end of the interview, and it’s very important that you have some questions prepared. This is your chance to find out more about the apprenticeship. By asking questions you will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are invested in the position and care about making sure it’s right for you!
How did you get into this career/this company? What do you believe the best/most challenging part of working here is? How are you hoping this role will progress in the future? What are the development opportunities within the company, and do you believe this apprenticeship may lead to a permanent position? What balance will there be between work and study?
Find out more about interview techniques here.