Interview skills for apprentices


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If you're considering applying for an Apprenticeship you should definitely brush up on your interview skills. This presentation is packed full of tips on communication and presentation skills for successful interviews.

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Interview skills for apprentices

  1. 1. INTERVIEW SKILLS For Apprentices
  2. 2. Interview Skills • Learn how to get ready for an Apprenticeship interview • Find out how to respond to some crucial questions • Review your interview performance and be able to nail it every time.
  3. 3. Preparation is VERY important • Wear something that’s smart and professional • No headwear – you’ll look like you’ve got something to hide (except religious headwear) • No flesh on show • Wacky ties – NO. Appearance
  4. 4. Preparation is VERY important • Accessories – less is more • Subtle makeup • Odours – be careful of too much perfume or too little deodorant • Facial hair – clean and trimmed • Piercing and tattoos may deter an employer. Appearance continued
  5. 5. The Arrival • Important to create the right impression with everyone you meet • Be polite and introduce yourself to the receptionist. Remember you are on show from the moment you are seen
  6. 6. Confidence • Try to calm your nerves – breathing exercises can help • Create a positive state of mind before you arrive • Think of your biggest strength – the main reason why you should be chosen for this job. As you’re waiting to go into your interview, you’re probably going to feel a bit nervous
  7. 7. Confidence • Proper • Planning and • Preparation • Prevents • Poor • Performance. (the 6 Ps) One of the best ways to boost confidence is within your own control
  8. 8. Confidence • Know about the job and the company • Anticipate the questions you will be asked and practice your answers • Have some questions you could ask • Practice your communication skills – mock interview • Practice positive body language – look the part.
  9. 9. The Start of the Interview • Walk and stand up straight • When you stand make sure your weight is balanced firmly between both feet • This will help encourage a strong, but relaxed posture. Entering the room & getting settled
  10. 10. The Start of the Interview • A firm but not crushing handshake is the one to go for (no wet fish!) • Eye contact – look at the interviewer when you shake their hand and smile • Sit up straight – don’t slouch in your chair, it says I don’t care. Entering the room & getting settled
  11. 11. The Interview There are many typical questions that can trip you up, but with pre-planning you can answer with confidence
  12. 12. The Interview 1. What is your biggest weakness? The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and how you are working to improve yourself. When you left school, did public speaking make you nervous? However, you’ve since practiced making speeches, thus improving your comms skills and becoming more comfortable speaking in front of groups. Acknowledging how you’ve learned from the past shows that you can turn a weakness into a strength.
  13. 13. The Interview 2. Why should we hire you? They are asking what makes you special and where do your major strengths lie. You should be able to find what they are looking for from the job description. “I have a unique combination of strong technical skills and the ability to build a rapport with customers” is a good opening sentence, but then you need to back it up with specific examples.
  14. 14. The Interview 3. Why do you want the job? They are listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought. If you’ve prepared properly you should have a good idea of the company’s values, mission statement and products. Use this information to explain how your goals matches their company’s ethos and how you would relish the opportunity to work for them.
  15. 15. The Interview 4. Tell me about yourself Often the first question you are asked and can really throw you off guard if you’ve not prepared. Give a good balanced answer not your life story. Begin with an overview of your highest qualification and your time in the academy. Go over any jobs you’ve had, you can roughly follow the structure of your CV. Give examples of achievements and skills you’ve picked up along the way.
  16. 16. The Interview Tell us more The interviewer will probably take notes and ask you to expand on any areas that they would like more information on.
  17. 17. The Interview If its your first job Focus on those areas of study that you most enjoyed and explain how this has led you to wanting this role. Explain what you’ve done outside of school or college to show an interest in the type of work you’re applying for.
  18. 18. Marketing yourself successfully • Nerves will make you speed up, so make sure you slow down when you speak • Use pauses to help you do this • Make sure you say every word clearly • Try and smile as well • Practice reading out aloud to improve your vocals and learn to emphasise different words. Your voice is one of your greatest assets
  19. 19. Marketing yourself successfully • Eye contact will help you build a rapport and give you confidence if used in the right way • Always look the questioner in the eye, but not in a way that scares them • Be confident and don’t stare past your questioner or at the floor • Avoid glancing nervously around the room it’s a sign you’ve got something to hide. Eye contact is very powerful
  20. 20. Marketing yourself successfully • If there is more than one interviewer make sure you look at them all in turn when answering the questions. • The most powerful moment to use eye contact is at the end of your sentence. Make sure you hold the interviewers attention by not looking away. Eye contact is very powerful
  21. 21. Marketing yourself successfully • Gesturing with your hands can give your voice more energy • Don’t overdo it – you’re not directing traffic! • Imagine that you’re moving in slow motion - this will help you control hand movements • Don’t fidget and play around with your hair, pen etc. Use your hands to increase your personal impact
  22. 22. Marketing yourself successfully • Practice • Practice • Practice… all of this in front of a mirror. It’s a good idea to:
  23. 23. Marketing yourself successfully The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the more confident you’ll be in your interview
  24. 24. If you don’t get the job • However, try to make the most of the experience • Analyse your performance • Ask the interviewer for feedback • This will help you improve your performance next time If you don’t get a job you really want, you can feel quite depressed
  25. 25. Reasons why apprentices don’t get the job • Limit your answers to ‘yes’ and ‘no’? • Talk too much/not enough? • Find questions too difficult to answer? • Give answers that didn’t seem to satisfy the interviewer? • Provide recent and relevant evidence? • Feel able to discuss your strengths and weaknesses? • Show that you were listening to the interviewer? After an interview, check if these apply to you. Did you:
  26. 26. Reasons why Apprentices don’t get the job • Say why you wanted to work for the organisation? • Seem confident, interested and enthusiastic about the job? • Dress and behave appropriately? After an interview, check if these apply to you. Did you:
  27. 27. Reflect on key learning points • What have you learned? • What have you realised about yourself? • What are you going to do now to bounce back and be prepared for your next interview? There will be a number of actions you want to take, but try to focus on the most significant points:
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