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Our Top 10 Tips for Nanny Interviews
Research and prepare for your interview – If you are applying with an Agency, do your best to research the company and know a little about who they are and what their company goals are. Make sure that their company values are in line with yours including the work that you do. Prepare answers to possible questions that relate to your field of work and experience. Hot tip: Remember the name of your interviewer.
Don’t rush – Plan how you will get to the interview. Aim to arrive at the interview 5-10 minutes early, but never any earlier. Give yourself time to arrive so that you are relaxed and have sufficient time to collect your thoughts.
Dress to impress, but be conservative – This is not the time to show off your latest fashion items. These items can be distracting to an interviewer and take the focus off what you are trying to achieve. Remember, first impressions really do count. A safe bet is to dress professionally, yet comfortably. Leave the heels and flashy jewellery at home and arrive well-groomed. If you have any visible tattoos or piercings, in a family-friendly environment it is always a good idea to cover them up.
Why you? Profile and sell yourself – This is your chance to profile and market yourself as a fantastic Nanny. Be very clear before your interview on the key points you would like to express to the agency or family. Make a list of your top points to use as prompts during the discussion. Think about why the company or family should employ you and why you are the exceptional candidate for the role. Think about what you have to offer them and why you want to work for them in particular.
Don’t ramble – Think about the direct question you have been asked and actually answer it. Prepare your answers in anticipation of the standard questions you are likely to be asked, ie. behavioural questions, scenario questions, industry questions, child care experience questions.
Be specific and provide examples – Interviewers will usually ask you a question because they want to find out how you will act in certain types of situations. The best way to answer these questions is to provide previous examples of when this has happened to you. Real life examples work best, as well as sharing the processes you might work through or how you would react should you ever find yourself in that situation.
Remember to be your self – Your personality is what makes you, and the purpose of the interview is for the employer to get to know you. Most agencies or families are looking to employ a diverse range of people and not one standard ‘type’. Don’t suppress your personality to ‘fit in’ with what you think the employer is looking for. It really is important to be happy in your job, and to do that, you’ve got to be you.
Ask questions – interviews should never be one-sided. An interview is a perfect opportunity for you to find out more about the position you are seeking. See if it is the right fit for you. Having questions ready to ask shows good preparation as well as a genuine interest in the job position.
Use every opportunity – Networking is the best way to build relationships with people who can assist you with future employment. You might not be successful in a particular job, but an interview in itself could launch you in the direction of another.
Follow up – Send the employer a follow up email, thanking them for their time as well as the interest they expressed in hiring you. This provides you with another opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and will help make you a standout from the others.