Interviewing can be a daunting process for anyone regardless of age or experience.
However, when it comes to your apprenticeship interview we want you to know that you’re not alone.

Initially, before you interview with any companies that we work with you will have a set of interviews with Estio.

Each of these stages requires preparation.

Typically before embarking upon an apprenticeship you will go through a series of interviews.

The first stage is a telephone interview with a member of the Resource Team. Further stages include a face-to-face interview at an Estio Training Centre or a Skype interview.

Following success in these stages, your Resourcer will put you forward for interviews with employers.

Before you apply for an Estio apprenticeship consider that the next move in the process will be the Telephone Interview.

Telephone interview

Once your application has been submitted and reviewed, if you meet the requirements then a member of the Resource Team will contact you via your telephone number provided, and have a conversation with you about your application. This stage is crucial in the recruitment process.

It is important you are prepared for this phone call.

If your Resourcer contacts you but you are not in a position to talk, don’t worry, simply explain that you are unable to talk right now and either offer to call back when you are in a call-friendly environment or let them know a time that is ideal for you take a call.

When you receive the call, make sure that are in a quiet environment where you can be heard clearly and can hear the questions asked to you. Choose an area with good phone signal. Examples of bad environments for a phone interview is at your current place of employment, on public transport, or in a rural environment with poor signal.

Remember that the purpose of this phone call is to talk through your application to identify the most suitable vacancies for you. Be sure to present yourself in the best light: give detail about your experience relevant to the apprenticeship you’ve chosen, be honest about your qualifications, and above all remember that manners cost nothing.

If your Resourcer is confident that you have the technical skills and communication skills required then you will be invited to a face-to-face interview, or you will schedule a video-call interview.

Face-to-face interview

It is important that you show your Resourcer that you know how to present yourself in an interview in a professional environment.

Before you attend a face-to-face interview at an Estio Training Centre make sure you have researched the location and how to get there. This information can easily be found here.

Allow yourself plenty of time when travelling to your interview. We advise that you try and arrive 15 minutes early. We request that you attend your interview dressed formally.

Video-call interview

If your Resourcer has scheduled a video-call interview with you be sure that you are ready for the time agreed.

You should dress smartly for your video-call interview, just as you would for any other interview.

It’s important to find somewhere with good internet connection, and where you can be heard clearly.

To avoid distraction choose somewhere that you can close the door, and let anyone at home know that you do not want to be disturbed. Put your phone on to silent-mode.

Interview with Employers

Following on from your face-to-face or video-call interview, if your Resourcer feels that they have current vacancies that you will be suitable for, then you will be sent for interviews with employers.

Our Resourcers are dedicated to making sure that you are able to portray yourself in the best possible light during these interviews, so they will give you individual advice on how best to prepare for your interview beforehand.

Some support and guidance that is given to our candidates is:

  • Find the company location and plan your journey. Make sure that you set off in good time.
  • Ensure you are dressed formally and appropriately.
  • Research the company. Make sure that you know who the company is, what they do and what products and services they offer.
  • Have a good understanding of the role that you are being interviewed for. Make sure that you know some key duties/responsibilities of the role.
  • Prepare some questions to ask the employer at the end of the interview.

If you take into account everything we’ve mentioned, then you should have a very successful interview. As long as you sell yourself, you’re honest and presentable then the company will be given a clear impression of your skillset and can make an informed decision on how well you will fit into the company. Good luck!