Top tips for interviewing for that dream role

Remember to arrive on time – not too early and not too late. If it’s an evening interview, perhaps send a message to say you have arrived so that you don’t wake any sleeping children up by ringing the bell.  

Please make an effort to dress smartly as first impressions are so important. Remember a nice firm handshake and thank your interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.  

Remember the interviewing process is a 2 way process, so try to be relaxed and smiley. This is your chance to ask questions also so try to prepare these in advance and wait until the family invite you to ask any additional questions. Normally this would be at the end of the interview.    

It is best not to talk about salary and definitely do not get into a negotiation. If the family bring up the salary offered we will do all negotiations for you.  

Here are some examples of questions the family may ask you: 

  • Why did you choose this type of career? 

  • What qualities do you think make good at your job? 

  • What do you enjoy the most/least about your job? 

  • How would you cope in an emergency (choking, first aid training etc.)? 

  • Discuss your approach to discipline and how they would deal in certain situations, i.e. tantrums, how you would introduce good manners)? 

  • What are your favourite developmental, educational and social play activities? 

  • Are you happy to help with food preparation, cooking, feeding? 

  • Discuss in detail what the family expect from you regarding duties, hours of work, holiday pay, start date.  

  • They may ask you to go through your CV and ask you about each job and your reasons for leaving 

The family may want to invite you back for a second interview or a trial period.  This may be arranged directly with you and the family or through our agency. 

A trial period is a good opportunity for you to see if you like the job and if the family are a good fit for you. It is important you try your best and make lots of notes as there is always a lot to remember in a new job.  

Good luck from Homebodies!