One of the main tasks that we undertake at Yorkshire Apprentice is interviewing potential candidates for job vacancies that we are managing for businesses. This is a really important part of the apprentice journey, not just for the candidate but also the employer. The worst thing to do would be to advertise a vacancy and then just forward the numerous applicants we get to the employer – they would spend more time sifting through applications than actually focussing on the job in hand.
But as part of this process, we do feel that it is vital to interview prospective candidates before we forward their details to a suitable employer. This is always an interesting part of the process and we have seen everything from no shows, lateness, candidates chewing gum, wrong attire and a complete inability to speak!
If you are going to go for any interview then be prepared. Understand what sort of apprenticeship you are looking for. Take a copy of your CV with you and be prepared to talk about yourself. This is a chance for you to shine and show why you are the best candidate.
What to wear can also be tricky. The bottom line is that it has to be smart. Don’t turn up in jeans and a T-Shirt that you managed to find that morning at the bottom of the laundry basket. Snap backs are bad (yes we have had people wear them to interviews), if you have piercings or tattoos just think about whether or not an employer will think they are as cool as you do – they probably won’t.
Interviews are important and they really count. Be prepared, look smart and speak – when a question is asked make sure you give full answers.
If you would like more advice and guidance on preparing yourself for an apprentice interview then please contact the team at Yorkshire Apprentice – [email protected]