The selection process for apprentices will include a review of your documents (resume, cover letter, application, etc.) and either a video or face-to-face interview. This process will be fair and equal to all students who apply. It cannot discriminate based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation and must comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
This may be your first interview, so it is natural to feel nervous or uncertain. Preparing for your interview will empower you with knowledge and information to do your very best and confidently interact with the business. Most information you need can be found on the internet. Google search the company. Go to their website and read everything.
Another great way to prepare for your interview is to research the person / people who will interview you. You can read about their professional background and about their current job on LinkedIn.
While you may not have work experience yet, you have other experiences that are relative. Tell stories from your life, school activities or community involvement. Highlight your successes working on a team, completing a difficult assignment, working toward a project deadline, or even dealing with a difficult sibling. Business leaders will be looking for “STAR” answers to interview questions:
Be specific but also brief. Rambling answers can go off track and you may lose the person’s attention. When you follow the STAR model, you will stay on task and give evidence that provides a clear picture of who you are and why the business leader should select you for the apprenticeship.
If your interview is face-to-face, always bring copies of your documents. This shows you are prepared.
Practice interviewing with a parent or friend. When you are comfortable with your answers and stories, your confidence will grow.
*If you have been in trouble where the police were involved, be honest. Talk specifically about what you learned from that experience and the support mechanisms you have built to ensure you stay out of trouble in the future.
Just as you would for an in-person interview, be sure to follow up with the interviewer within 24 hours. Use this note to thank them for their time, reiterate your interest in the role or share any information you left out during the interview.
Also, if you did make a connection in the interview, maybe mention that in your note. This will be even more helpful in staying on the top of their mind when they make their hiring decisions.