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What do employers look for in apprenticeship interviews?

There are many attributes that employers look for in an Australian Apprentice.

At MIGAS, a specialist employer of apprentices and trainees, these include an aptitude for the trade specialisation in question, knowledge of the industry, and often Maths and English skills.

These criteria are important to any candidate’s assessment, which are analysed through screening interviews and aptitude tests.

Once a recruiter has established the candidate has the appropriate skills and attributes for the job, the next thing we look for is motivation. A strong attitude towards work is the all-important factor our recruiters look for when choosing the right candidate for the job.

And here’s why:

In general, most Australian Apprenticeships are around a four-year commitment, which includes study blocks at TAFE or a registered training organisation.

In your first year, you’ll start at the bottom, learning as you go and working for notoriously low wages. Staying motivated during this time is a huge factor in whether or not you’re going to complete your trade. Our recruiters are looking for evidence of this motivation at the time of the interview.

How can you convey you’ve got what it takes to make it through the four years?

Think about what’s motivating you before the interview. Whatever this motivation is, whether it’s a love of cars and machinery, a desire to work with your hands, wanting to earn the big bucks at the end, or owning your own business one day, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s true and honest and it excites you, it will let the recruiter know you have a passion.

This is something that’s fairly difficult to fake; people with a genuine passion talk easily about the topic and they believe four years as an apprenticeship is no big deal because it’s what they really want to do.

So think about it; what do you really want to do? What’s motivating you to apply with MIGAS?

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In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.