At Shared Apprenticeships, we receive hundreds of applications and shortlist only a few so it’s a good sign if you have been invited to interview - well done! We spend a lot of time shortlisting and arranging meetings so please do turn up at the agreed date and time - we won’t bite! And please only apply if you really want to be considered and not because someone told you to – trust us, it will only go wrong.
Common interview questions
- Tell me about a difficult decision you have had to make and how you dealt with it.
- Do you have any experience that might help you in this job?
- Why do you want to pursue this job/career?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Have you had any positions of responsibility?
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
- What have you done that you are most proud of?
- Can you give an example of when you worked as part of a team?
Things your interviewer(s) will expect you to do:
- Shake hands - firm handshake goes a long way!
- Make eye contact
- Say hello and introduce yourself
- Speak formally - e.g. 'yes' instead of 'yeah'
- Don't chew gum
- Dress smartly
- Don't swear
- Sit without slouching
- Show interest
- Answer questions as fully as possible
- Speak clearly
- Turn off your phone
Interview do's and don't's
- Dress smartly, look bright and attentive, and speak clearly and confidently. First impressions really do count.
- Research the role and organisation.
- Prepare examples of your skills and competencies.
- Find out where the venue is beforehand, how to get there and how long it takes.
- Get your outfit ready the night before.
- Take your time when answering the questions: make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think.
- Quote real answers of when you have used certain skills - just saying you have got skills isn't enough.
- Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview - use it as an opportunity to find out more about the company and the role.
- Be late.
- Swear or use slang words.
- Slouch in your seat or do anything that makes you look uninterested.
- Lie - the interviewer may see through you. Even if you get the job, your employer can dismiss you if they find out you have not been honest.
- Let your nerves show too much; a few nerves are normal but extreme nerves will affect your performance. Use breathing techniques and try to remember that it's not a life and death situation.
- Be arrogant and assume you've got the job. Nothing turns employers off more than someone who is disrespectful and over-confident.
- Argue with the interviewer, no matter what. Remember to keep things positive!