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12 Ways The Apprentice Can Improve Graduate Interview Skills

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It's another Wednesday, which means but one thing... another gruelling episode of Lord Alan Sugar trying to find his new Apprentice. But what can we learn from this very drawn out interview process? Read on for 12 interview tips, inspired by Lord Sugar himself. Beware: Week 6 spoilers!


After last week's shocking triple loss, the general consensus is that shots were well and truly fired. On that note, it's worth reflecting on how Lord Sugar's hopefuls have previously succeeded and failed in the boardroom. After all, The Apprentice is the (albeit exaggerated) epitome of the graduate job interview, so where better to take inspiration from?

Here are 12 graduate interview tips, taken from The Appentice, that will help you succeed in your imminent job-hunt!


1. Having confidence in an interview is encouraged

2. Just not too much...

felipe the apprentice

3. Always keep your strengths in mind

4. And be strategic in how you 'dress' your weaknesses

Oh, Dan.


5. Cliches should be avoided, unless absolutely necessary (i.e. never)

But rhyming is good. Not for interviews though.


6. Research, explained with conviction, is essential

7. Dress for the job you want, not the job you've got

solomon the apprentice

And here's Felipe, just being Felipe.

8. Try not to over-inflate your skills

"Spelling is my strong point" um.

9. Instead, prepare examples of your key competencies, like being self-motivated...

OK then...

10. Or result orientated

11. Sometimes, opportunities will just fall into your lap

teddy bear fall the apprentice

12. But either way, aim high and keep your head up

the apprentice footprints on the moon


lizzi hart grb author

Lizzi Hart is the Social Media & Content Manager at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB). Outside of work, she enjoys reading, music, binge-watching TV and dreaming about the dog she'll one day own.

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