Nanny Jobseeker Tips – Preparing For the Interview
As is the case with so many jobs these days, your future as a nanny will be largely determined by the success or otherwise of your interview…or interviews, as the case may be. Even with all the experience in the world, an incredible resume and many more skills than the average nanny, you’ll still find it difficult to secure the post you’re looking for if you don’t come across well during interviews. Needless to say, nerves and anxiety can get the better of anyone in such a position, which is why it’s a good idea to spend some time prior to the event itself undergoing a little preparation.
While some approach interviews with confidence and a smile, others genuinely cannot imagine anything more terrifying. For this latter group, it can be incredibly difficult to get the ‘real you’ across as more often than not it may be masked or at least clouded by nerves. As with many such situations however, there’s much to be said for planning and preparation – the more you do of both, the better the position you’ll be in at the time.
Revise, Refresh and Re-Print Your CV
For example, it’s something of a certainty that the interviewer will base a great deal of questions and general conversation on your CV. As such, it’s wholly crucial for you to not only know your CV inside and out, but know how to expand on any given point therein. If you wrote on your CV that you are a good problem-solver, can you give evidence as to why? If you’re not afraid of a challenge, when did you last encounter one? Practically everything on the CV itself can be turned into a question, so it’s in your best interests to know in advance you’re ready to answer them.
Research Common Questions
According to top London nanny recruitment group RockMyBaby, there are certain questions that you can be absolutely assured of being asked during about 90% of interviews for nanny positions. The list can be quite long to say the least, but if you make your way through the examples you’ll find online and manage to come up with a strong answer for every one, it will do your confidence a world of good. Why did you choose this path? Why this particular job? What are your strengths and weaknesses? It’s all pretty simple stuff – the key being to ensure you’ve at least something to say for every question asked.
Consider It a Conversation
Speaking of something to say, one of the best ways of approaching a nanny job interview without necessarily having to feel under epic amounts of pressure is to think of it more as a conversation. The word ‘interview’ paints a picture of what’s rather too close to an interrogation, which isn’t what you’d call accurate in most instances at least. The perfect nanny needs to have an array of personality traits that simply aren’t going to be conveyed in a simple question-and-answer session where all involved parties function in a robotic manner. By contrast, treat the interview like a conversation which you yourself lead at most times and your chances will flourish as a result. Your CV tells them about your past – you need to tell them about YOU.
Remain Positive at All Times
For most families, the ideal nanny represents nothing less than a beacon of positivity and a shining illustration of optimism in the flesh. By contrast, those that display even the slightest hint of negativity or disloyalty will struggle to ever find work. As far as the interview goes therefore, it’s crucial to leave anything negative you have to say about your career to date or past employers out of the equation. Yes, you may be here to escape your past and no, your prior employer may not have been a nice human being, but this is not the time or the place to bring up anything negative – stay positive.
Last but not least, like every other job in the world today it has never been easier to find out online exactly what it is that makes the perfect nanny and what prospective employers are looking for. Just a decade or two ago it was a case of having to enter interviews blind – you had no idea what they wanted or how to give it to them. Today, things couldn’t be more easier as there are resources of every imaginable variety – videos, case studies, interview transcripts – that can give you a fly-on-the-wall account of what’s to come. So, if you study up hard enough, there’s really not a thing to be worried about.