Apprenticeship telephone interview questions to ask

Found the perfect apprenticeship vacancy, but fretting about the phone interview? Although it might seem daunting, with the right preparation you will be ready to make the best first impression.

The interviewer wants to understand if you’re suitable for the role and why you applied so they can assess whether you’re right for the next stage.

You can expect to introduce yourself, discuss the role in more detail and be asked a few questions about your own experience and skills.

Follow these simple steps and you'll be ready for any phone interview

Like any interview, you should research the company beforehand to gain insight into what they do. Read and take notes on the About Us and Meet the Team pages to understand the services and history of the company. Demonstrating a good knowledge of the company during a phone interview is a sure-fire way of showing your commitment.

Find a quiet space for your phone interview, free from any distractions or noise. Cut down any background conversations or television to ensure you can be heard and you don’t lose focus. Go to the space at least 15 minutes before the interview to read over your notes.

Make sure your phone is fully charged, you have enough signal, and that any disruptive notifications are turned off.

Make bullet-pointed notes on the role and company to use as a quick reference during the interview. Bring a pad and pen to make notes throughout the conversation so you can remember important points later.

Print out your CV and have it in front of you during the interview. Your interviewer will be using your CV to ask a range of questions about your own experience and qualifications, so be prepared so you can answer quickly and concisely.

Although you might be apprehensive about what you will say during your interview, remember to calmly listen to the interviewer. Take your time and don’t be afraid to ask a question if you don’t fully understand.

Make sure you’re enthusiastic and positive during your interview so that you make a good impression. Remember to speak slowly and clearly, taking your time to fully answer any questions.

Be polite and formal throughout the call and remember to identify yourself when you answer the phone. A phone interview is a chance to ask questions about the role and company, so always ask about the next steps of the interview process including a timeline.

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Phone interview sample questions

Like any interview, you’re likely to encounter common questions about yourself and why you want the role. Prepare an answer for these common questions and practise your response. You’ll always be expected to introduce yourself, so work on a concise summary of your experience and why you want the role.

Common questions to prepare for:

Tell me about your experience

Why do you want this job?

What do you know about the position?

Why do you want to work with us?

What is your main strength and weakness?

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Now that you’re fully prepared for a phone interview, you can explore the rest of our apprentice advice here or put your interview skills to the test by finding apprenticeship vacancies in your area.

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