Questions you may be asked at an interview

What are your predicted grades?

Take your predicted grades, expected grade, mock exam results or already achieved grades to your interview. The interviewer will wish to see if you meet the entry requirements for the course you are applying for.

Why do you want to do this course?

Interviewers use this question to see if you have done your homework and thought about your future. Do you really want to do this course?

What are your strengths?

This is your chance to say what makes you stand out from the next person.

What work experience have you done?

You may have a part time job or do volunteering work. You may also have completed some work experience during holidays. You may discuss areas of your experience that you enjoyed and how much you learned. This will demonstrate to the interviewer that you have a good work ethic.

Describe a problem you have faced and how you solved it.

This is a tough question that is common in interviews. Interviewers are looking for your critical thinking skills and to determine if you can formulate solutions.

Tell me about yourself

The interviewer is trying to figure you out professionally. Pick a couple of points about yourself, in relation to what you want to do in the future. The interviewer will not wish to know what games console you use and that you hang around with your mates.

Questions you may wish to ask the interviewer

What enrichment courses are available?

(E.g. volunteering, DofE, EPQ, first aid)

This tells the interviewer that you are interested in extra courses/classes within the college and would like the opportunity to explore different activities.

What is the dress code?

Different colleges and training providers will have different views on appropriate dress wear. Different colleges may require overalls or uniforms for example motor vehicle engineering, hairdressing, catering.

What can this course lead to?

It is important to know what options are available to you after the course, so you may know your progression route to reach your careers goal.

May I contact you if I have further questions?

It is always good to end an interview with this question. It keeps the door open for future communication.