Once you apply for an engineering or construction course at Ayrshire College, you will receive an invitation to attend an interview. To help you prepare for this we have talked to our interview team and asked them for some top tips on how you can prepare for this interview. Doing some preparation beforehand will help you increase your confidence. The purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn about you, and for you to find out about the College.
It is important to show enthusiasm at your interview. You need to be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the course. You can do this by explaining to the interviewer why you have chosen to apply for this course – what appealed to you most? It is also a good opportunity to show what your attitude to work is like? What drives you? What are your values? The point of an interview is not to find out how much you know about your chosen course, but more to see how suited and committed to the course you will be.
Do your homework
Research as much as you can about the course and if you have any questions about it, then ask. Initiative always looks good. The interviewer will also want to know about your interests and hobbies, what you are doing currently e.g. school subjects, current employment, past employment or work experience. Be prepared to talk about all of these topics – think about what you are going to say.
Know your plan
It is helpful if you have a career plan and know what kind of job you want to do. It means we can give you advice about the best route to help you get you that job. A back-up plan is also a good idea just in case you find the course is not for you. We will explore these ideas with you at your interview so think about it before you come along.
Prepare some questions
For example, being a successful engineer is all about having a good combination of technical knowledge and practical experience – so you could ask the interviewer about your course experience – how will you be learning? How much practical work is involved in the course?
In addition to your interview, you will be asked to do a written aptitude test. We are looking for good maths skills on all our engineering courses. This test will let us see how competent you are in this area.
It’s also important to remember that we want to find out who you really are. This means you shouldn’t try to pretend to be something you’re not – so be honest about why you want to study for this course and where you see yourself going in your career. If you’re not sure yet – say so – lots of people are unsure at this stage. We can help you choose a course with a broad base that gives you lots of options at the end of the course.
Everyone is nervous when they go for an interview. If you do suffer from excessive nerves, try to remember that interviewers aren’t trying to catch you out: they want the interview to go well too.
Ewan Granger, Curriculum Manager says “We don’t want you to fail; we want you to be the best you can be. I’m also here to advise you on the best course to get you started on the career you want. It’s important you come along well prepared and have thought about what you want to do in the future. I am delighted you are interested in an engineering/construction career and I will ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed choice and get onto the right course for you.”
Contact us beforehand if you require any additional support at your interview.
Ayr Campus: 01292 293553
Kilmarnock Campus: 01563 523501
Kilwinning Campus: 01294 555325
On the day of your interview
Be smart, clean and tidy as this shows you are making an effort and keen to be accepted onto the course. It is important to make a good first impression.
Make sure you know which campus to go for your interview and how long it will take to get there. If you are driving – parking is very limited so allow time to find a space or an alternative car park. If you are going to be late please call to let us know: 0300 303 0303
Arrive on time or at least 10mins early so that you can be prepared for any delays.
Please report to the main reception and our front of house staff will direct you to the interview room.