3 Ways to Prepare for Your Trade School Interview

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Deciding to go back to school can be a tough process, especially if you’re juggling other responsibilities. It’s a decision that will take up some of your time, and one that you hope leads to a rewarding outcome. You want to make sure that you choose a school that will help you meet your career goals, and to get an education that will qualify you for job openings in a field you like.

One of the reasons that attending an interview is so beneficial, is that it gives you the chance to ask any important questions that come up during your decision-making process.  This can put you at ease enough to choose what’s best for you. Your interview will also give you the chance to discuss your goals and the reasons that you want to change careers or launch a new one in the first place. Once you’ve scheduled an interview, there are several things you can do in advance to prepare for it. Read on for 3 tips that will help you get the most out of your trade school interview.

Know Some of the Questions You’ll be Asked, and Think Your Answers Through

When interviewing for a trade school program, the questions that an advisor will ask you are not designed to be intimidating – but rather to help get to know you in a conversational way. There are a few basic questions you can count on hearing such as what interests you about the construction trades, and what some of your career goals are. You don’t have to rehearse your answers, but it will be helpful if you give them some thought before coming in for your interview.

Prepare a Few Questions of your Own in Advance

Keep a notebook handy where you can jot down any questions that are important to you
Keep a notebook handy where you can jot down any questions that are important to you

Likewise, the interview is your chance to ask any questions you may have. You might want to know more info on finding work once you graduate, or some details about the day-to-day tasks of jobs that you’re interested in.

It can be helpful to write down a few questions you may have beforehand so that you don’t forget them on the spot, and so that you leave your interview feeling as informed as possible.  If any questions pop up after your interview, don’t worry. Advisors are available to answer questions at any point via phone, email, or chat!

Plan Your Route to Avoid any Delays on the Day of Your Interview

You’ll want to enroll at a trade school that’s conveniently located, so that attending your interview and eventually going to classes won’t be a hassle. Since your interview will be the first time you visit the school, it can be helpful to map out your route in advance. This way, you’ll show up on time feeling confident and prepared. Arriving late can cause you to feel rushed and pressured, which may result in forgetting questions about some of the important info that you intend to get. Arriving a little bit early can even give you the chance to stroll around the campus and get familiar!

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