Top tips for interviewing a candidate 

Remember the interviewing process is a 2 way process, so try to make the interviewee relaxed and ask open ended questions.  Ask questions starting with How, When, What, Why? Encourage them to also ask you questions during the interview process. 

A good way to start an interview is to tell them that you have read their CV and references and would they mind taking 5 minutes to tell you a bit about themselves. 

Here are some suggested questions you can ask: 

  • Why did they choose this role as a career? 

  • What qualities do they have that make them good at their job? 

  • What do they enjoy the most about their job? 

  • What was the most challenging situation they have had to deal with in any f their previous roles?

  • You could discuss their approach to discipline and how they would deal with tricky situations and temper tantrums! 

  • Find out what their favourite developmental, educational and social play activities are if the role is childcare related. 

  • Do they consider themselves a foodie? Are they happy to cook healthy nutritious meals or follow simple recipes? Perhaps you only need help with food preparation, or feeding your little ones? 

  • Discuss your role in detail - explain the duties, hours of work, holiday pay, and other benefits on offer.

  • Go through their CV and ask them about their previous roles and their reasons for leaving. 

Hopefully it has been a great interview for both of you and you may want to ask the candidate to come back, either for a second interview or for a one week trial period. You can arrange this directly with them or if you prefer, we can arrange this for you. 

We believe it is very important for both sides to get a feel for each other and hopefully you will have a lovely connection in the trial!

Please keep us posted as your feedback is very important so we can get it right.