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Interview tips from The Apprentice

Published: Tuesday 8th December 2015

Next week The Apprentice draws to a close and over the last 9 weeks, we have seen this year’s hopefuls undertake many tasks to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner. We’ve seen the candidates attempt to plan birthday parties, write children’s books and become handymen and women – to name but a few of the completed tasks. At Zoek we think it’s in the boardroom where the real action happens. Lord Sugar is known for telling it how it is and not taking any prisoners. So as a job hunter, what interview tips can you learn from Lord Sugar?

The Apprentice tip 

“You see in business timelines can kill you if you don’t stick to them.”

These wise words can apply to many parts of life, not just in business, but when searching for a job it is essential to meet deadlines and ensure timeliness. When interviewing make sure you understand all of the timelines involved in the process; the application deadline, interviews, when you will hear back and even your start date if successful. Ensuring you turn up on time, or even early, is key and if you have been set a task to complete make sure you do it with enough time to spare. Doing so will avoid any unnecessary stress and gives you an air of professionalism.

The apprentice logo - Lord Sugar

The Apprentice tip

“You’re supposed to be the expert, right?”

Quite simply, know your sector. If you are going for an interview know the business inside out, be prepared for any questions and let your interviewer be confident that you are the expert and the right person for the job.

The Apprentice tip

” Do you take any responsibility?”

Although this came as a criticism from Lord Sugar in the boardroom, showing you can take responsibility is important when at an interview or even in the job. Taking responsibility can be seen in different ways, whether this is showing you can manage a team or simply owning up to mistakes you may have made in previous roles.

female employee in suit is smiling during the job interview

The Apprentice tip

“If you don’t know something, don’t blurt out rubbish.”

It is expected that you won’t know everything but the worst thing you can do is pretend you know what you’re talking about and then be caught out. The best thing to do is be honest, answer all questions to the best of your ability and if you don’t know the answer tell the interviewer and explain that you are willing to learn instead of simply guessing the answer. As the saying goes “honesty is the best policy”.

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