Finding an employer
Tips for securing an apprenticeship
Electrotechnology offers highly sought-after careers so, if you wish to apply for an apprenticeship and get a head start in the industry, it is advisable to be well-prepared for your interview.
Below are some sample interview questions - both for you to ask, and questions that your prospective employer may ask you. Practice your answers to the questions and be prepared to ask questions yourself in the interview.
Questions the Interviewer Might Ask You
- What can you tell me about the Electrotechnology industry?
- How long have you been interested in becoming a part of this Industry?
- Are you currently working either part time or full time?
- Did you participate in any part time employment while at school?
- What do you consider to be your major strengths / weaknesses?
- Why do you think this organisation should employ you?
- What can you bring to this company?
- What qualities do you have to offer the organisation?
- Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
- What is your next step if you are unsuccessful in securing an electrical apprenticeship?
- Can you tell me what you know about this organisation?
Questions for You to Ask
- Have you employed an apprentice before?
- Do you employ apprentices regularly?
- Do you have a training plan for your apprentices?
- What sort of work do you envisage me being involved in during the first 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years etc?
- Will I be supervised by one specific person or by a number of people? Who will that be and what is/are their position/s?
- What is the likelihood of gaining full time employment at the end of my apprenticeship?
- Does your company have a high retention rate in relation to staff turnover?
- Does the company support further training? How?
- Can you advise what my starting salary / wages will be and how often they will increase?
- How often will I get paid - weekly, fortnightly, monthly?
- How committed is your organisation to OH&S?
- Do you have OH&S policies and procedures in place?
- Do you have an OH&S representative on-site?
If you are concerned that during the interview you will forget the questions you wanted to ask, then write them down and take them with you. A n interviewer will see you as committed as you have taken the time before the interview to think about what information YOU want from the interview.
Make sure you have researched the company before attending the interview (searched the company website, read their company brochures etc). It is important that you make the interviewer aware of this by taking information from the website or research you have done and using this information to ask questions or make statements.
- I noticed on your website that ...
- On your website it said that the company was founded by ... Are they still involved in the business?
- From the website I noticed that the company has offices in three states. Do you see this expanding to the other states at all?