Trials are important during the recruitment process; it is a chance for both yourself and the employer to know if the position is right for you.
But it’s also a chance to prove yourself and show the employer that you are the perfect person for this apprenticeship! However, you still need to prepare just as you would for an interview. Knowing that you are ready will make sure that your trial goes as smoothly as possible. So what can you do to prepare and be successful.
Why do employers have trials for apprentices?
Interviews will get your foot in the door, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the job. When it comes to the recruitment process, employers won’t just hire the first person that comes through the door. Searching for the right apprentice can take time, as you will be with them for 12 months or longer!
Employers are looking for the right apprentice(s) who can fit in with the team, their ethos and understand what is needed from the position. Trials can help the employer see if that person is you; but also help you know if the position, apprenticeship or employer is right for you too.
What are the benefits of a work trial?
There are a great number of reasons why a trial can be so beneficial for you. These can include:
- • Gaining knowledge of what the position will involve
- • Have an opportunity to see who you could be working with
- • A chance to show your skills to the employer
- • Helping you to gain confidence
- • Will give you the chance to see if both you and the employer work well together
- • Prepare you for future trials in the future
Work Trial Top Tips
You’ve been successful after your interview and have been offered a trial! This is your chance to prove why you should be offered the apprenticeship. However, there are a number of things to consider before attending your trial.
Treat your trial as an interview
A trial doesn’t mean you suddenly have a free pass, see it as an extension of your interview. Be professional in your manners and way of thinking, you are still trying to impress the employer, so slipping at this point can be detrimental to you being successful.
Unless told otherwise always dress smart for a trial. For example, a legal firm is a professional and formal sector so dressing smart is expected. If you turn up in jeans, trainers and a t-shirt it will give the employer a bad impression. It isn’t just your clothing that you should focus on; personal appearance and hygiene such as having clean/tidy hair will all help you in the trial process.
In other words; Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Employer love to see you getting involved and understanding the position. If you are unsure about anything, don’t sit in silence. Ask whoever is managing your trail or a team member to help you, it will show that you are willing to work with others and understand your daily duties.
Keep your phone at bay
Is chatting to your friends, scrolling through Facebook or seeing what your favourite celebs are doing really that important? Keep you phone away while in work mode; whether you keep it in your coat, bag or even turn it off completely.
Although training would be given if you are successful, it is always good to take notes. It shows the employer that you want to learn and understand their process. Whether it be how to use software, business practices, KPI’s or understanding target audiences.
Of course you need to attend the trial with a professional mind-set, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it! Employers will want to see you being upbeat; so if you go in with a subdued personality, they will automatically feel that you don’t want to go forward with the position.
If I decide that the Apprenticeship isn’t for me after my trial, what do I do?
After you have completed the trial, some employers may offer you the position on the spot; which is fantastic news! But if you are unsure about the position, you do not have to accept straight away. Any if you decide that it isn’t the right apprenticeship or business, it is okay to say no. It is better to be honest then starting an apprenticeship only to leave months later and start the process again.
How 360 Apprenticeships can help
Whether you are looking to an apprentice or start your apprenticeship journey, 360 Apprenticeships can help. We provide a free service from first point of contact to the successful placement of each apprentice. Every apprentice who is successful will only be placed with the best training providers (Graded 1 and/or 2 by Ofsted) so you know that everyone is in safe hands.
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