Learnership Interview Questions And How To Answer Them


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Learnerships are a huge part of the transition between being a student and an employee. Thus, when the opportunity presents itself in the form of an interview, it is just as important to be fully prepared to ensure that you secure a learnership. 


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Why Do You Want To Enter This Learnership Programme?

This could be the first question they ask you when you go for a Learnership interview. So make sure you have an answer ready for that one. Here are some other questions that aren't as obvious that could come up in an interview. 

No matter how many interviews you have had, none are without anxiety. What will they ask of me? What if I can't think of a solid response? What if I'm completely stumped for a response?

Although it is impossible to predict what each prospective employer will ask or how many questions they will make, the majority do tend to skew in the same general way. Particularly when it comes to Learnerships.

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

This is how most interviews begin, regardless of the position being sought after. Your interviewer will want to know some background information about you before you start talking about the real learnership and what you can bring to the table.

This interview question is noteworthy because, despite how straightforward it appears to be, it isn't. Many people can be caught off-guard by this question, believing that their CV and cover letter are sufficient.

However, the potential employer wants to hear it straight from the source. You don't have to memorise and explain every single element in your cv. Instead, emphasise your accomplishments and experiences that are pertinent to the learnership you are looking for to show why you are a fantastic fit.

2. Why are you interested in this learnership?

This is your chance to praise the organisation and outline the outcomes you intend to achieve during your potential employment there. Hiring managers seek candidates who are enthusiastic about their work and driven to advance within the organisation.

They want to know that you have done your research and are genuinely interested in joining their team, and they want to hear specifics about your passion. Review the job description and the goal statement for the company, and then describe what aspects stand out to you. 

3. Tell me about a challenge you have faced at work (or in school) and how you overcame it.

With the help of this question, interviewers can determine how effectively you'd handle pressure or a heated situation. They are interested in your ability to solve problems, how you analyse and respond to situations, and, quite bluntly, whether you are the kind to lose it in trying situations.

In an interview, you may be competent and able to highlight your strengths, but what will you do if your workload triples?

Describe a circumstance at work where you had to pause, consider your options, and come up with a workable answer.

4. Why are you the best candidate for this position?

Don't be frightened to be confident and be ready to market yourself. If there was ever a time to promote your abilities, this is it. You need to persuade your hiring manager to believe that you are qualified for the position, have the skills to advance it, and would be the best addition to the team.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

They are not weeding you out of the interview by asking about your weaknesses, no. It serves as a gauge of one's level of self-awareness. In any kind of profession, it is important to be able to articulate your challenges, and it is valued. 

Instead of acting on the assumption that you don't need any kind of improvement, it demonstrates that you are aware of your areas for improvement. 

Responding to these questions in the manner detailed above should be able to better your odds or chances of being considered for the learnership.
 

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Companies that often offer Learnerships include Absa, Clicks, SAB, Discovery, Eskom, Transnet and others.

 

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