Deciding to take on a new child care position is a big commitment that comes with a lot of critical responsibilities.
Interviewers are looking to learn whether potential child caregivers are up to the challenge both in terms of skill and enthusiasm. Preparing for a child care interview helps with effective presentation.
Educator Tips: Here are 3 things to expect during a child care interview:
1. Daycare Interview Attire – Making an Overall Impression
Employers form initial impressions based on a collection of things including appearance and attire, greeting, and even body language. Proper attire and a neat appearance are essential to making a positive first impression. Child care sometimes requires getting dirty, so overly formal attire is not appropriate, but meeting a professional standard is still important. Beyond the initial impression, interviewers notice communication style. Polite confidence translates into interest and eagerness.
2. Answering a Range of Questions
Child care entails many things and interviewers want to cover all the bases. Be prepared to answer questions in the following topics:
- Experience: First and foremost, employers want to know experience level. Questions may include probes about amount of experience, range in age of children worked with, comfort with different age groups, and specific skill sets.
- Activities: To touch upon creativity, interviewers may ask for examples of activities. Examples should focus on the target position in terms of age group, setting, and educational approach.
- Discipline: While each child care placement will have its own discipline standards, interviewers are likely to ask about an interviewee’s discipline beliefs.
- Safety: Interviewees are usually asked about their experience in child care emergencies. CPR and First Aid certifications along with background checks are often required.
3. Asking Appropriate Questions
Employers will open the floor to the interviewee to ask questions about the setting and placement. Being prepared to ask appropriate and insightful questions shows that a candidate has done research and has serious intentions. It’s also important for the interviewee to determine whether the setting is suitable for them. Knowing what to expect during a child care interview helps with preparing sufficiently to allow for smooth and effective presentation.