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  • Hi, I'm David and I'm going to take you through the job interview process for an apprentice.

  • I'm going to ask you some common interview questions

  • and I recommend you pause this interview after each question

  • and think about how you'd answer it.

  • Say your answers out loud to practice what it would be like at a real interview.

  • You can even record yourself on your phone or webcam

  • to watch it back and see where you can improve.

  • I'll finish up by giving you some tips on what I'd expect to hear from you

  • during a successful interview.

  • Let's get started.

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • What do you feel your strengths are?

  • How do you react in stressful situations?

  • What is it about this industry that attracted you to undertaking an apprenticeship?

  • At times, you may encounter people that you disagree with or don't get along with.

  • Describe a time where you've had that situation and how you handled it.

  • Describe a time when you've taken initiative and solved a problem on your own.

  • Describe the outcome.

  • Describe an occasion when your work day finished

  • before you completed your task.

  • What did you do in this situation?

  • Do you have any questions for me?

  • When it comes to an apprentice,

  • I think the behavioural things that are important are that

  • they're attentive during the interview,

  • not looking at their watch,

  • not telling you they have to be somewhere,

  • not playing with their phone, answering their phone

  • and it'd be good if they had some questions to show some interest

  • and that they had done some research on the company they're applying for the position with.

  • What would make an interviewee stand out for a bad reason would be

  • somebody answering their phone during an interview, not being prepared.

  • Ah, and I had one guy bring his father in and that was just odd.

  • I find it interesting when an interviewee asks some questions at the end of an interview

  • and it's actually quite rare.

  • I remember one time we interviewed this, ah, a candidate,

  • and at the end we said 'Do you have any questions?'

  • and he pulled out a list.

  • That was really unusual but it was very welcoming

  • because it meant that he was taking the interview serious.

  • Perhaps some more tips for a good interview would be

  • to dress appropriately.

  • Perhaps not overdress.

  • We're a trade industry so I wouldn't expect a candidate to turn up in a suit and tie

  • but also be prepared,

  • have anything that's going to help their causelike if they've got a driver's license,

  • any certificates they might already have,

  • anything that's going to make them look a little more professional.

  • It's interesting when you get the start dates with a candidate.

  • If the candidate's currently employed,

  • I always think when I ask them how soon they can start,

  • I'm looking to see are they willing to burn the bridge with their previous employer

  • and that could be me one day

  • and a lot of them will say 'I want to do the right thing by my employer',

  • and I respect that.

Hi, I'm David and I'm going to take you through the job interview process for an apprentice.

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Interview Practice | Apprenticeship

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/05
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