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Welcome > School Leavers > School Leavers Subject Areas > Apprenticeships > Top Tips- common interview questions
Read at these frequently asked interview questions below and find out how best to answer them.
Tell me about yourself...
This question is designed for employers to find out about your working and academic background and also your motives for applying for the role.
Give a brief overview of your work and school experience, don’t waffle and be concise.
Connect your experience with the reasons for applying for the apprenticeship.
Make sure you stick to the script of your CV, but elaborate.
Provide responses that suggest you are a stable, well-adjusted and positive individual.
Give only positive statements, sell your skills and experiences as benefits.
What do you know about our company?
Show an employer that you really want the job by being prepared for this question, they want to know that you want to work for them. Even if they don't ask this question, it is a good idea to incorporate your knowledge of the company into your answers.
Demonstrate that you have researched the company; know their products, the firm’s size, its reputation within industry, its history and values.
Allow the interviewer to tell you more about the company. Show active listening, ask questions back.
Why do you want to work for us?
This might be the most important question you can prepare for, you need to show them your reasons to apply for the role.
Talk about their needs and explain what you can do for them. It’s not about what you want at this stage.
Show them you want to be part of their success story, helping them to achieve their goals and meet their challenges.
Why should we hire you?
Here, you want to be able to show that you are right for the role. You want to come across as confident, not cocky.
Example response: “I believe that I have the skills, knowledge, competences and experience to help the company be successful.”
What kind of environment...
They are asking this question to determine if the applicant will be a right fit for their work environment, they will want people to thrive in the workplace.
Some employers are looking for specific key phrases like ‘dynamic environment’. Consider how you work best, but also think about the philosophy of the company before answering.
Don’t say that you enjoy working in a relaxed environment if they are looking for dynamism, but also consider the kind of environment that will help you to be successful and happy.
Where do you see yourself being...
Talk about how you would like to progress through the company. The interviewer needs to know you’re not going to jump ship at the earliest opportunity.
Talk about the skills and experiences you’d like to gain.
Mention any other career ambitions that are relevant to the role you’ve applied for.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How would you friends describe you?
Bring out the positive aspects of what your friends have said about you.
You can mention any criticisms, but demonstrate that you are willing to act upon advice.
Demonstrate that you can get on with all kinds of people – particularly at work.
Do you have any questions for us?
Be ready to ask questions too. The research you have done about the company before attending the interview will make it easier to ask the right questions.
Don't be afraid to take notes in to your interview with pre-written questions. You may think that this looks under prepared, when in fact, employers will appreciate your effort.
Failing to ask questions is often seen as bad as answering an interviewer’s questions poorly. So prepare yourself!