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Dear all,

I have been invited to an interview with a company for a software developer degree apprenticeship. I really want to do well so I am offered the job (of course) but I don't know how to prepare. I would love to gain tips from people on TSR who could help me in any way to prepare.

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it probably won't be very technical given that it's an apprenticeship but you should at least know how to fizzbuzz
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I have gone on glassdoor but it hasn't given much detail. I basically wanted to know typical questions for these interviews and also common coding languages that I may need to review.
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search glass door for the company

it probably won't be very technical given that it's an apprenticeship but you should at least know how to fizzbuzz
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I have gone on glassdoor but it hasn't given much detail. I basically wanted to know typical questions for these interviews and also common coding languages that I may need to review.
You might get asked some programming questions like FizzBuzz. Know how to solve simple problems using for/while loops. For practice go onto firecode.io and solve some of the very easy problems.

You should be able to answer questions like 'tell me about a time you worked in a team', 'what is your biggest weakness', 'why this company?', 'why software engineering?', 'tell me about a time you had a disagreement with someone and how you resolved it'

Learn the STAR acronym for answering interview questions. 'Situation, Task, Action, Result'

Ask about the dress code. If everyone is wearing meme t-shirts and shorts don't come in a business suit and vice versa.
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Thank you for your help! I need to practice that basic problem solving so I will definitely use firecode.io . I really appreciate your time in writing that and helping me
(Original post by ltsmith)
You might get asked some programming questions like FizzBuzz. Know how to solve simple problems using for/while loops. For practice go onto firecode.io and solve some of the very easy problems.

You should be able to answer questions like 'tell me about a time you worked in a team', 'what is your biggest weakness', 'why this company?', 'why software engineering?', 'tell me about a time you had a disagreement with someone and how you resolved it'

Learn the STAR acronym for answering interview questions. 'Situation, Task, Action, Result'

Ask about the dress code. If everyone is wearing meme t-shirts and shorts don't come in a business suit and vice versa.
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I work for an IT apprenticeship provider. Things companies want from apprentices include:
- People who will be committed and not give up
- People who are proactive self-starters; the kind who take a task and use their initiative to complete it, rather than wait to be told what to do next
- People who'll hang around for a long time after completing their apprenticeship

The most important thing is to show you understand what the company does and explain why you think it's a great place to work. No company will hire you if they don't think you're interested in working for THEM, rather than just interested in getting a job.

Think about your greatest personal assets. What do you do well that nobody else does? Tip with software - often you will be working to create stuff for departments staffed by people who aren't technical. Being good at explaining tech to non-tech people, or being good at developing a working brief for a project, will help you stand out. Are there any times where you've done this?

Do not - I repeat DO NOT - focus too hard on the technical skills. Apprenticeships will teach you the tech skills. They won't teach you how to be a bright, enthusiastic person who likes to learn and really likes the company they work for. That is what the recruiters want to see from you.
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Thank you so much for your help and advice! It helped me to prepare and gain a slight insider perspective and I really appreciate it!! Do you enjoy your Apprenticeship and what area are you specialising in
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