Interview Questions to ask Potential Apprentices or Trainees

Getting the right apprentice can be easy with these four valuable interview topics!

When it comes to hiring a new apprentice, there are a number of different steps you have to take.

To help with selecting the right candidate for your business, here are four common areas you might want to cover in your next interview.

Industry knowledge

People looking to work for your company should be able to demonstrate at least a basic knowledge of your industry. Asking them about the type of work they expect to be undertaking and the different challenges they think are facing your business is an easy way to make sure that you are getting the right candidate.

Career aspirations

Understanding what is motivating a potential apprentice or trainee can be a great way to discover any long-term ideas they may have and how that fits with your business as well. Applicants who have a clear career direction will be more likely to commit entirely to their apprenticeship, reducing the chance that they drop out before completion.

Background experience

When you are hiring young apprentices, it can be unreasonable to expect the same level of experience which might come from a candidate that has prior work history within the industry or a related industry. However, it is still worthwhile asking them about their experiences, as you can unearth more about their interests including the subjects they studied at school (some may even have started a school-based apprenticeship), school projects and any hobbies that show aptitude or passion for the work skills required to excel in the job. This will also give you an insight into their working style.

Do they have any questions?

Almost every interview, whether for an apprenticeship or regular position, will end by asking the candidate if they have any questions. While this question can often trip up would-be employees, it can also offer them an opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and interest in the role.

As an interviewer, it pays to be on your toes at this point. While the end of the interview might be when your attention is waning, it is also the time when you have to think on your feet and answer any questions which arise from the interview. It is also a great time to get further insight into the motivations of the prospective apprentice or trainee – questions that show they are focused on opportunities to advance in the industry or understand and learn the tasks of the role are a great sign you are onto a winner!


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