Congratulations, you’ve made it through the written application stage and now you’re on to stage two: the workshops! On paper you may be 100% what we are looking for in a Degree Apprentice, however the workshops are your chance to prove that you are the best of the best! The Degree Apprenticeships at Pearson College London are extremely competitive and it’s through a rigorous interview process that we make our final selection. Here are a few handy tips to help you through the process.
Before the interview:
- Do your research. Make sure you research Pearson College London, our industry partners and the companies that will be interviewing you. The more research you do, the more you will be able to apply more specific details to your answers that are relevant to our apprenticeships.
- Think about you. Reflect before the interview on what you think your strengths are and how they are relevant to the apprenticeship you are applying for. Think of areas you would also like to develop and how you aim improve. It is important to show that you are self-aware and have a passion for personal and professional development.
- Practice answering different types of interview questions. Situational and verbal reasoning questions are often seen as the most complicated, so prepare yourself beforehand.
- Make sure you are clear on the location of the workshops and plan your route in detail. If you aren’t sure on the details, email or call us in advance. Check your email regularly for updates on timings and the location that your workshop will be held at.
On the day:
- Look the part. Arrive looking job-ready, so the interviewers can see that you are taking it seriously. Make sure you look professional and feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing.
- Be on time. ‘Be on time’ means arriving 15 minutes before the start, this will give you enough time to register your attendance and be settled for the beginning. Take into consideration where you are coming from and that delays, no matter where you live, can happen. It is better to be an hour early and relax in a café nearby than to arrive late.
- Don’t be afraid to show what you know. After you have done all your research, show the interviewers that you have come prepared. All interviewees are coming in with different experience, so it is important to have your ideas heard and to stand out from the crowd.
- Be prepared for a group task. When attending a group interview or presentation interviewers will be looking at your communication skills, collaborative creative ideas and how you work as part of a team. A Degree Apprentice works in a variety of different teams and roles, so it is important that you are able to be a team player!
- Ask questions. There will be opportunities given for you to ask questions, take this time to impress, with thoughtful and relevant queries you have about the apprenticeships and the experience of the interviewers themselves.
- Stay calm, take a deep breath and try to enjoy the experience! You have made it to the workshops stage, so you should feel proud and confident. Remember, interviewers are not looking for every answer to be perfect; questions will be designed to assess your thought process in given situations and what you would add to the company if you were successful in getting a place on the programme.
Best of luck through the interview process! If you have any further questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org