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40 Interview Questions For Every Potential Sheet Metal Apprentice


No matter where you are looking to find an apprenticeship, whether it is at the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center (CTE) or with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, skilled trade experts are going to ask you a few basic (and some tricky) interview questions. From your experience in sheet metal fabrication to how you handle stress and authority, make sure you have well-thought-out answers ready using Kaempf & Harris’ list of top inquiries for a sheet metal apprenticeship:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What five adjectives describe you best?
  3. What experience do you have in sheet metal fabrication or welding?
  4. What is your greatest strength?
  5. What is your greatest weakness?
  6. What challenges are you looking forward to as a sheet metal apprentice?
  7. Have you ever resolved a problem with a person in a higher position? If so, how?
  8. Do you have trouble with a hierarchy of authority?
  9. Describe the best teacher or educator you have ever had.
  10. What do you know about our company?
  11. Why do you want to work with us?
  12. How did you find out about this opportunity?
  13. Do you follow our blog or social media accounts?
  14. Why should we hire you?
  15. What kind of salary, stipend, or benefits do you need?
  16. Do you already have your own welding or sheet metal tools?
  17. Are you prepared for in-class training?
  18. Do you have any questions for me/us?
  19. Under what conditions do you work best?
  20. How do you handle stress and deadlines?
  21. How do you take criticism and praise?
  22. How do you evaluate personal and professional success?
  23. What are your goals for the future, in personal and professional life?
  24. How do you set and monitor goals?
  25. How do you plan on reaching your goals?
  26. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
  27. Tell me about the one thing in your life you are proudest of.
  28. What qualities do you think are necessary to make this apprenticeship successful?
  29. Describe your ideal job.
  30. If you were not doing sheet metal fabrication or welding, what would you want to do?
  31. Is there anything that will prevent you from getting to work on time?
  32. Is there anything that we will prevent you from working our regular hours?
  33. What kinds of work interest you the most?
  34. What motivates you to do your best work?
  35. What do you find most frustrating about sheet metal?
  36. How do you define doing an overall good job?
  37. What makes a job enjoyable for you?
  38. How well do you think you communicate with others?
  39. Are you an independent worker?
  40. Are you a team player?

This comprehensive list should help prepare potential apprentices for their next interview, but it can also spark some ideas for trade companies, especially sheet metal fabrication shops, to use. Maybe you had not thought about asking an interviewee about their career aspirations beyond the fab shop, or about how well they work independently or as a team.

No matter which side of the equation you are on, remember that apprenticeships can lead to lifelong careers in the trades, which are expected to grow as an industry. You should also think about whether or not apprentices should pay for their own tools, or how your company can integrate sheet metal fabrication and other viable career options into your local high school's curriculum.

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