Information for applicants

Employers will want to see you at your best when you go along for an interview. They want to find out how well you are going to fit in, so here are a few ideas about the sorts of things the might ask you. 

Employers will want to see you at your best when you go along for an interview. They want to find out how well you are going to fit in, so here are a few ideas about the sorts of things the might ask you. 

What are employers looking for? 

In training you have to work with your hands (making things, finishing things, producing things) and also with your mind (doing sums, understanding instructions and plans, learning how different materials are handled). 

Are you good at these things? 

Your employer won't want you to drop out of your apprenticeship becuase it's not what you expected or you don't like it, 

How sure are you that you want to learn a construction trade? 

In construction you have to work in teams so you need to be able to get on with other people.

Will you be able to play your part in your company and in your college? 

You employer will expect you to turn up on time and do what is required of you. 

What sorts of questions might they ask? 

They will ask you a range of questions to better understand you as a person, and as someone potentially to work in their company. Questions they could ask could be like these; 'Why are you interested in working and training in construction?', 'What do you know about what it will be like to work and train in construction?'

Think about your work experience

This doesn't have to be paid work - you could talk about building and repairing things around your home or for friends. Talk about the skills you learnt in doing this and why it's inspired you to make it your career choice. 

Hobbies and interests

Think about the interests and hobbies that you have outside of college or work - do any of these relate to construction, and if so how? 

Am I allowed to ask questions? 

Yes absolutely, interviewers want you to show that you're passionate about what you're doing, and interest in what the company is doing as well. 

Don't feel too much pressure to ask questions if you don't have them, but don't be afraid to ask if you do. 

What sort of questions should I ask? 

Ask about things that you're interested to know about the company. These questions and answers will help you decide if this is the employer that you want to work for. 

This is also the perfect opportunity to say anything about yourself that you feel you've not had the chance to do yet.

Examples of work

Having some visual aides can be really helpful in an interview to help you make your point, and also for the interviewers to see what you can achieve. 

What sort of things should I take? 

A school report is helpful, as it shows your ability in key subject areas. 

 

Some examples of things you've made are a great way of demonstrating the skills needed for the area of construction you want to go into. Just make sure not to take too many along with you - 1 or 2 will be plenty. If you're not able to actually physically take these examples into the interview, take some really good quality photographs, the original drawings/plans you did, or a copy of the instructions of how you made this. 

 



You can also write down a list of things you've made or done which will demonstrate the skills you think you need for a career in the construction industry. Make notes about what skills these are, and if there are common themes with lots of your examples, group them together when you talk about them in your interview. 

 

Be proud to show off your acheivements to your interviewers, make sure that they know that you like to push yourself and aim to achieve. So if you have any certificates, trophies, badges or awards, be sure to take them along to for your interviewers to see. 

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