Interview for stonemason apprenticeship, any advice?

Discussion in 'Landscaping and Outdoors' started by andyglasgow89, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. andyglasgow89

    andyglasgow89 New Member

    As the title says lads, and advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. teabreak

    teabreak Screwfix Select

    Just keep chipping away at them!

    Any interview banker to baker is the same turn up on time and looking smart. 
    Do your homework on the company, what they do, any big projects they have completed, how long they have been going. 
    Be enthusiastic about stonemasonry, perhaps something you saw in an old building that triggered your interest. 
    Know some of the stonemasonry terms, a bit of time on the internet can give you a lot of background you don?t want to seem an expert, you?ll get tripped up! Just show some basic knowledge they can build on.

    Very best of luck
  3. Lovely answer from Teabreak :)

    Yoof today have a bad name in some quarters. Just as they did 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago. Ie: nothing's changed.

    Andy, if you were a stonemason with your own small, successful business (which you might one day), what would you like to see in an apprentice? Cockiness? Nah. Know-all? I doubt it. Enthusiasm? You bet. TOO much 'enthusiasm' - that just doesn't ring true? Probably not. Politeness? Def. Being looked in the eye? Def. A ready smile? Def. A fixed, rigor, grin? Nah.

    A bit of nervousness? Not a problem - who wouldn't be. Mono-syllabic answers? NO! An genuine interest in the stone-mason's craft? Yes. Yes. Yes.

    My bro was telling me about when he looked for an apprentice for his kitchen-fitting business yonks ago. "So, why do you want to be a kitchen fitter?" "Och - a job's a job these days..." Next!

    Good luck. If this is something that genuinely interests you - and what a cracking skill it is - then you'll get it. A bit of knowledge, as Teabreak says, to prove you have an interest. Seen any stonework renovation locally on Glasgow's amazing old buildings? Note it down, and bring it up.

    Get ready for "Why do you want to be a stonemason?".  And "What qualities do you have that makes you suitable?"

    Think about what you'll say to Qs like these, but don't rehearse the answers too much - you'll sound like a recording.

    Good luck :)
  4. teabreak

    teabreak Screwfix Select

    Do let us know how you get on Andy


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