How to prepare for a work trial

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In some cases an employer will require a candidate to complete a work trial before confirming their employment. This is an opportunity for you as the candidate to prove your skills to the employer and show that you are capable of fulfilling the job role required.

This can often be a daunting and stressful process, and it is understandable that you may feel nervous before attending. Follow our simple tips below to help you beat the nerves and smash your work trial to secure the job.

So firstly, it is key to remember that although the work trial is about you proving your skills to the employer; this can also be a good opportunity for you to see if the employer and work environment is right for you. Think about whether you are going to be happy working in the role and if the role offers you the progression you are looking for.

Secondly, preparation is key. The more you prepare for the work trial in advance, the less likely it is for something unexpected to come out of it. You can prepare for your trial by considering the following:

  • The exact location of the workplace and travel arrangements.
  • Understanding the role and what will be expected of you.
  • Any background knowledge of the business.
  • The clothing that is required for you to wear.
  • Any lunch preparations.

Considering the list above will ensure that you are not panicking on the day of your trial, helping you to focus on completing the role to the best of your ability.

To expand on one of the points made above, we suggest that you conduct further research into the job role and the company. For example, if your role requires you to communicate using a telephone with clients, you may want to practise in advance to prepare yourself. You can often find this information on the job description or the company website. When researching the company, think about researching what they do and who they deal with. If the company offers a range of services, try and revise what they offer so that you feel more confident speaking to internal and external people.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when attending a work trial is that they wear the wrong work attire. It is a sensible idea to contact the employer and ask what to wear, this also shows that you are using your own initiative and prevents you turning up and standing out amongst other employees. If you are unable to contact your employer, be smart and consider what clothing would be suitable to wear dependant on the style of work that you will be doing. For example, if you are going to be working in the Warehouse, lifting heavy objects; a suit and tie may not be your best option.

Finally, be confident and proud of yourself. Securing a work trial often means that you are a strong candidate and your employer is keen to see more of your work.

Good Luck!

If you are currently on our Apprenticeship caseload and you have been offered a work trial, our recruitment team are available to provide further support. Please E-Mail your designated staff member of call 0121 333 3001.