i was a network engineer for the council (22-24) after leaving Uni ( 1 week break after leaving to getting a job ! )
i am now a network manager at a secondary school .
Its great how far you can get with the correct opportunitys and a bit of luck ! .
good luck with the interview , go prepared and dont forget to ask lots and lots of questions for them at the end .
I got my 1st IT job just before my 18th birthday over 4 years ago now, and after 9 months I was promoted from junior to senior tech. I had no experience but showed them in the interview and subsequently when performing tasks in the job I was offered, I knew the basics well and was more than willing to learn.
It's good you have an interview as it means they are already considerring emplying you - you just need to sell yourself now. If something goes wrong on the day, stay positive throughout the entire interview process and if you don't know something just step back and say so. The worst thing you can do is lie or try top bluff your way through questions as it'll be obvious you don't know what you're on about.
Good luck :)
Left school at 16 and started to work as an apprentice at the same school I worked at, then moved onto two other schools to widen my experience. Gained CCNA qualifications along with a couple of NVQs, an ITQ and an Advanced Diploma in IT. Now got great job for local government on good money (great place to work) at age of 21. These days experience counts for as much or sometimes more than qualifications.
As others have said be yourself.
I myself started out in it at age 24 coming from telecomms back ground. i had little experience and have worked for numerous companies now settled with an academy and other than being classed as an engineer get left to run the site myself most days.
as others have said be yourself and dont be afraid to admit if you are learning and not sure about some roles within the job.
I stood out from the crowd by not flannelling them and got the job for honesty.
worth also pushing on your strenghts even if seems silly to you.
I started as an apprentice at 16, straight out of school. I've been here ever since and I'm only just moving on now at the ripe old age of....23. Like others have said, be yourself and don't just accept the job straight away unless you get a really good vibe from the place. Depending on what type of school they are, they may ask you different questions. For example I currently work in a Catholic school and so a few of the questions related to my beliefs and how it may affect the Catholic ethos (at the time I'd no idea what ethos meant). As far as technical questions go, you'll probably just get asked about how you'd do something rather than actually being asked to do it.
They are bound to ask you what are your skills, list one of them as Patience, dealing with non IT literate teachers and students can be very frustrating, tell them you are calm and can speak to these users in a non technical way to get your point over and resolve their problems.
And when you get asked why they should give you the job, definitely resist the temptation to say it's because you're the dog's danglers...surprising but they may not like it (even if it's true).
I left school at 16, went into college and managed to get a part-time job as a ict technie at a school around the corner to me, then went full time once i left\finished college, went onto senior techie, network manager and a ict manager :) - all experience!
hmmm interesting one.
As people say confidence.
Think up some relevant questions to ask.
If you get a tour with students make sure you interact with them.
one of my favourite questions to students is whats you favourite thing about the it here and the worst. You get some real good answers and when they are quizzed later you will stick in their mind.
do your background research on the place.
hope it helps
First of all sorry for not replying straight back its been very busy.
i went for the interview but i was not sucessful. Now i was browsing the internet a couple of weeks ago and noticed the job was back up. It looks like the person who got the job did not actually turn up. So i got in touch and asked can i apply again they were very nice and said yes. So i went ahead and reapplied and i found out 2 days ago i was sucessful i am really happy :)
Thank you all so much for all the help
Good to know they saw the error of their ways!
@fagan, congratulations :)