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College Interview help.

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Hey, some of you may know I applied for college a while back to do an advanced apprenticeship in electrical installation, two weeks ago I went into the college for my initial assessments and received a letter last week saying I had passed them and invited me for an interview today.

It's not until half 5 this evening but I was just wondering if anyone knows what to expect? The letter asks me to take along my CV and record of achievement. I'm thinking that it's maybe just to make sure I have the qualifications needed? Even though after my initial assessments the woman took a photocopy of my maths and english qualifications.

Also, it dosen't state what to wear, I was planning on wearing smart casual, though for the tests, some lad turned up in a tracksuit. Obviously I wouldn't attend in a tracksuit but was thinking a suit might just be over the top?
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I would wear a suit. Better to overdress than under.
#2
chester123
I would wear a suit. Better to overdress than under.


This.

Yes bring a list of qualifications, and if you have a CV, bring it too. If not, well... you may want to write one, or simply prepare decent answers about your skills, achievements etc. Some references may help too.
#3
I know I'm going to be asked

'Why do you want to be an electrician?'

Would this be a suitable answer,

'My Dad runs his own construction company and when I asked him for some guidance on life after the Army he told me that to expand his company he would love an electrician and that if I full trained as one he would offer me a position.'
banned#4
Read up on the college as they will often want to know why you want to go there.

Also a suit might be bit too much but I'd go with a shirt and tie
#5
Meadsy4742
I know I'm going to be asked

'Why do you want to be an electrician?'

Would this be a suitable answer,

'My Dad runs his own construction company and when I asked him for some guidance on life after the Army he told me that to expand his company he would love an electrician and that if I full trained as one he would offer me a position.'


I would also mention that you actually want to do it, perhaps say that your Dad has always been a role model and has fuelled your interest in becoming an electrician & the opportunity to work with your Dad would be fantastic

A suit would show that you are taking the course seriously and you really want it!
banned#6
Suit minus a tie, top button undone :thumbsup:
#7
Trying to be helpful here, not nasty...

Saying that you want to be an electrician because your Dad needs one isn't really saying why you WANT to be an electrician, you're really saying why you NEED to do the course - two different things entirely.

I would be tempted to say something along the lines of you've helped your Dad with his business, seen electricians at work & you're really interested in what they do, you like helping them when you can & you enjoy the subject so much you want to take it further & make a career of it.

The college are looking for enthusiam for the subject - they want to know that if you start the course you're likely to finish it. Don't put too much sugar on it, but tell them that it's a subject that you really like.

HTH, and good luck:thumbsup:
#8
cis_groupie
Trying to be helpful here, not nasty...

Saying that you want to be an electrician because your Dad needs one isn't really saying why you WANT to be an electrician, you're really saying why you NEED to do the course - two different things entirely.

I would be tempted to say something along the lines of you've helped your Dad with his business, seen electricians at work & you're really interested in what they do, you like helping them when you can & you enjoy the subject so much you want to take it further & make a career of it.

The college are looking for enthusiam for the subject - they want to know that if you start the course you're likely to finish it. Don't put too much sugar on it, but tell them that it's a subject that you really like.

HTH, and good luck:thumbsup:


Wow someone with a brain on this site.

Good advice.
#9
have you sen some of the stuff that students wear nowadays, when i went for my interview for college i told them i would be leaving straight from work (denims, work top, unshaven) so dont expect me to suited and booted and the reply i got was "those days are long gone when you are expected to be presentable". at the end of the day the college will be getting money for you being there, so chances of you being turned down are slim to none.
#10
boabbyrab
have you sen some of the stuff that students wear nowadays, when i went for my interview for college i told them i would be leaving straight from work (denims, work top, unshaven) so dont expect me to suited and booted and the reply i got was "those days are long gone when you are expected to be presentable". at the end of the day the college will be getting money for you being there, so chances of you being turned down are slim to none.


Not strictly true, yes the college will get money for the student being there, but if they leave before completing the year then they will lose the funding for that student for the year, and subsequent years. The college will take on people they are confident will pass the course.

Same advice as above really, better to overdress than under, have a reason for why you want to be an electrician, a desire for you to want to do it is better than an 'extrinsic' motivator, ie your dad

Good luck
#11
sancho1983
Not strictly true, yes the college will get money for the student being there, but if they leave before completing the year then they will lose the funding for that student for the year, and subsequent years. The college will take on people they are confident will pass the course.

Same advice as above really, better to overdress than under, have a reason for why you want to be an electrician, a desire for you to want to do it is better than an 'extrinsic' motivator, ie your dad

Good luck


My Dad isn't a motivator, I've always been interested in electrical stuff....I used to build PC's in my teenage years but I would of thought electrics is a completely different story, I can't say I've had experience in fitting a lighting system in my house because I haven't but I've seen an electrician work in an industrial nature but I want to work in housing.
#12
Not strictly true, yes the college will get money for the student being there, but if they leave before completing the year then they will lose the funding for that student for the year, and subsequent years. The college will take on people they are confident will pass the course

the college will be paid in 3 installments, at the beginning of each semester (in Scotland anyways) during term time
#13
boabbyrab
the college will be paid in 3 installments, at the beginning of each semester (in Scotland anyways) during term time


This changed last year, all of the money is paid at once when you enrol the students on a course, but like i said, if the student doesn't complete then they lose the funding and are funded less the following year
#14
Went for my interview at tea time - decided to stick with the smart casual.

It was no where near an interview, I waited on the corridor for her to come out, then she took me to the staff kitchen and before I even sat down she asked me 'Why electrical?' - answered that then she started filling out the forms, taking photocopies of my qualifications and asked me to start looking for places to work and she would do the same.

Cheers for the advice everyone though.

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