So you’ve decided to do a government approved apprenticeship. You’ve weighed up all the options, found a career you want to step in to and believe that an apprenticeship is the perfect place to get started. It’s all well and good applying for apprenticeship roles in your chosen career, but what happens when you get to the interview stage?

Is this your first ever interview? Desperate not to mess it up? Want to present yourself in the best possible way and show your potential employer that you’re the right person for the job?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are seven of our most important tips that will help you present yourself in the best possible way in your interview!

1. Have a positive outlook

Having a positive outlook on the situation beforehand is vital. Feeling like you’re desperate to impress is normal, but its important to remember you wouldn’t have got the interview in the first place if they weren’t already impressed! Be confident, proud of how far you’ve come already and ready to shine. Going into your interview expecting to fail will often come across to your employer and mean you may well fail as you first believed!

2. Be Prepared to Feel Uncomfortable

Your potential employer will use the interview to test you. The whole point of the interview is to help them realise if you are right for the job or not. To do this, they may put you under pressure, ask difficult questions and sometimes, unintentionally make you feel uncomfortable. One way to be prepared for the questions that you may need to answer, as well as impressing your interviewer, is to do your research on the company beforehand. Have a look at their website, their services or products, any brochures, reviews or competitors and be prepared to use this information to back up any answers you put forward.

3. Ask Questions

Show an interest in the company and the position you have applied for. What are the training opportunities or progression within the company? Engage with your interviewer. Don't just ask what the holidays are. Use questions find out more about the role and the company. The more questions you ask, the more impressed they will be.

4. Stand Out

Chances are, you’re not the only candidate. Well, be different. Chances also are, that just by being yourself, you’ll be different. No, don’t put yourself down, you are unique!

However, there’s one thing being unique and theres another showing it to your interviewer. To do this, try talking about your hobbies and interests. What are the things you enjoy? What are the things you care about? Maybe you have a passion art or painting? Well, take your portfolio! Even if it isn’t directly supportive of the job role you’re applying for, being memorable and impressive can help swing a decision in your favour.

5. First Impressions Count!

Even in a world of Zoom interviews, make sure you are wearing something presentable and appropriate for the interview is vital! For example, track suit bottoms or trainers are not suitable attire, even if your employer specifies that the interview is informal. Wearing something smart will certainly tick boxes for your future employer. However, try and gage the room. Sometimes, a smart shirt will do. There’s no need to go full waste coat and tie if you don’t believe the job requires it. Despite this, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, so lean on the side of caution.

6. Be Polite

From minute one, be polite. Companies invest in people, not just roles. Even if someone seems to be able to do the job better than you, chances are your employee wont hire them if they are rude. In your interview, make sure to always be polite, have good manners and care about what the interviewer is saying. Manners can tell a lot about a person especially if the role is customer based or involves building relationships.

7. Learn from the interview, even if you don’t get the job.

Due to their entry level nature, an apprenticeship interview is often one of the first interviews that people have. Learn from everything. What did you do well, what did you do badly? It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it, even if it might feel like the end of the world. Ask yourself why you didn’t get it. Did you ask enough questions? Did you do enough research around the company? Did you have the right skills for the job? If you don't get the job remember you know how difficult they are, where you went wrong and where you can improve for next time!