Dalcour Maclaren’s Apprenticeship Interview Tips




Do a bit of research.


The work we do at DM is often quite technical, and we would not expect you to be an expert before you’ve even started. But have a look at our website and find out a bit more about what we do. Not only will this make you feel more comfortable in the interview, but it will also help you decide if this is the kind of work you’d be interested in doing as an Apprentice.

You can also learn more about the people we’re looking for. We are really passionate about our people – read our culture page to discover our values.

Follow us on social media! You can find out more about what we do and what life at DM is like.


LinkedIn? Look us up!

It’s not just DM that uses LinkedIn to scope out great candidates. Still, it is a handy tool for employers and candidates–we strongly recommend setting up a LinkedIn profile if you haven’t already. It’s a great place to show off your experience and engagement with the industry and enables you to look up your interviewers and potential colleagues before your interview.


Beat the clock to beat your nerves


Finding your interview location should be the least of your worries if you have a face-to-face interview, so planning is vital. Research your journey time before the interview and aim to arrive early so you’re not stressing in the car. All our office locations, right up to the front door, can be easily found using What3Words on our website.

Give yourself the right fuel!

Don’t interview on an empty stomach – No one wants to experience an awkward silence when your brain is preoccupied with finding the closest M&S Food as soon as you escape from the meeting – worse still is a room filled with the sound of tummy rumbles!


A decent breakfast (minus ketchup down your front) will help you focus and calm your nerves.





Swap out the caffeine - just for a day!


Don’t arrive with the jitters – it might be hard enough to stay calm as it is! Moreover, lots of coffee can dehydrate, and you might struggle to get your words out. Consider opting for decaf and an apple to wake you up instead – you can treat yourself to a latte once the interview has finished.


Try to relax!


Interviews can be perceived as an intimidating experience, especially if this is your first job. But that is not what DM is about; we want you to relax and enjoy yourself so that you can get as much out of your time here as possible. Remember, this is a chance to consider whether DM is the right choice for you, not just a selection process for us.

Be nice!

Although we are looking for professionalism, we are on the lookout for the DM fit – and we are all friendly! We want to get to know you, so relax and give us a smile! We hold Assessment Centres as part of our recruitment process; these are an excellent opportunity to meet the team in a slightly more relaxed environment. We hope they will enable you to relax and be yourself.

Don’t forget to ask questions.

Interviews are a strange situation, but remember that the people interviewing you may also be your future colleagues. The best way to find out if this job is for you is to ask some questions! We don’t expect you to know all about the technical stuff, so we can try to give you a good idea of what day-to-day life is like here at DM.

Click here to learn more about the scheme and the opportunities available for our Apprenticeship Programs.