We make judgements and decisions all the time. It’s a very important decision to employ an apprentice. Planning and being prepared, demonstrates to a potential employee that you are professional and serious about selecting a new worker for your business.

Interviews are conducted for various reasons, these could be to meet the person to see if they will be a good fit for your business, if they have the key skills and enthusiasm for the job, and to compare different applicants for the apprenticeship position and to ensure they understand the job role.

Below are some tips to help you get organised:

  • Set up an interview timetable
  • Allow sufficient time for the interview. Suggest one hour per interview
  • Conduct the interview(s) in the workplace (if possible)
  • Let other employees know that you are going to be conducting interviews, they may know of potential candidates
  • If possible, have more than one person conduct the interview
  • Preparing interview questions. You should ask the same questions to each applicant
  • Make a list of tasks the apprentice will be expected to carry out, when they start and into the future.

The first part of the interview should be used to create a friendly environment to put the applicant at ease

People who feel at ease are better able to answer questions. This can be helped by:

  • Providing some information to the applicant about your company
  • Asking straight forward non-threatening questions about themselves
  • Treating them as an individual, show you are interested in them

The interview is to gather information about the applicant. Try not to spend too much time talking about your career and experiences.

Examples of Interview Questions.

These are for guidance only. Please adjust and prepare your own set of questions. Use your own words.

Interest in the Job

  • Can you tell me why you applied for this job?
  • Do you know anyone else who has a job in the flooring industry?

Think about a time when you learnt a new skill. It could be a new sport, a new app or to use a new tool. Tell me how you approached it.

  • Was it scary or challenging?
  • What did you think when you mastered it?


  • What do you do outside of school/work?
  • How do you balance that with other commitments?

Time Management

When you were at school, you also held down a part time job/played sport/volunteered. All these commitments had their own requirements.

  • What was you approach to balancing them all?
  • Did you prioritise one over the other?


  • Do you ever show others how to use technology or apps?
  • How do you approach that?

Interpersonal Skills

Tell me about a time when a teacher/coach made an unreasonable demand on you.

  • What was the situation?
  • What did they say?
  • How did you resolve it?

Shows initiative

Tell me about a time when you were in a tricky situation. It might have been forgetting to complete an important task.

  • What was the situation?
  • What were the consequences of not dealing with it properly?
  • How did you deal with it and what was the eventual outcome?


  • Do you know what taking on an apprenticeship means?
  • What are your expectations of being employed as an apprentice?

Do you have questions?

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