As part of your journey onto an Apprenticeship programme, you will have to attend an interview. We want to help you be confident with your interview and know what to expect.

An interview isn't just for an employer to find out if you are the right candidate for the role, it is also there to make sure that you think the role is right for you. Many people find the process of an interview very daunting and will often feel very anxious about the process. This is perfectly natural, but these feelings can be eased with preparation. The more you prepare for your interview, the more likely you are to succeed and be offered the position.

As part of your preparation, it can be extremely helpful to consider some of the questions you may be asked and what your answers to those would be. We've put together some of the more popular questions that an employer may ask you to help you prepare.

Tell us more about you.

This question covers all aspects of you as an individual. They will be looking for details on your education and prior experience, but also more personal details like your hobbies and interests alongside the skills and qualities you have.

What skills can you bring to the role?

You may have already detailed your skills when telling them about yourself, but if this question is raised it is important that you give details of your skills and personal attributes and then link them to the job role in which you are being interviewed for. It can be helpful to look at the job description prior to your interview and make a note of the personal qualities they are looking for in a candidate. You can then relate these to yourself.

What is your long-term career goal?

This is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate to the employer what it is that you are looking to gain from the Apprenticeship. If you can give them an indication of the type of position you wish to achieve within their organisation or additional training you wish to do, this will show the employer your determination and passion towards the role and industry. It will also give them an insight into how they can support you if you are successful in getting the role.

Why have you applied for an Apprenticeship?

This is your chance to share your knowledge on the Apprenticeship scheme and how you believe it will benefit you. When answering this question you can highlight your interest in progression and growth as well as your preference to learn practically rather than in a classroom. A popular point to make with this question is the valuable on the job experience that you will gain while getting an additional qualification.

Whilst you can never fully predict the questions you will be asked at an interview; you can certainly prepare for some of the more common ones. It is also important to remember that you can take notes into your interview with you; this can come in very handy particularly if you need some prompts. But most importantly, try not to worry – an interviewer doesn't want to catch you out!

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