Now that you have your resume up to par (or at least you should), the interview process is the next thing you need to master. It is essential that when you meet any prospective families for the first time that you put your "best foot forward", in order to stand out from your competition. Remember, interview day could determine whether or not you secure employment! Consider the following guidelines to give yourself the best chance of having a successful interview:
- Be early, not on time. You should always arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your interview time. Do not arrive too early as the employer may be occupied with other engagements. If you are running late or lost, call the employer as soon as possible. Also be sure to leave yourself with plenty of time to get to your interview, to prevent any unforeseeable situations causing a delay in your arrival (you are lost, traffic, etc.)
- Bring a clean copy of your resume and references, wrinkle and stain free. You should always provide the employer with a copy for them to keep, regardless of whether or not you've given one to the agency who sent you (if any). Additional copies of Certifications, reference letters, etc. are always great to give to an employer and ideally, should be presented to them in a folder or portfolio.
- Dress professionally. Business casual conservative (BCC). Never wear low cut shirts, skirts above the knee or clothing too baggy or too tight. Minimize all jewelry including earrings, rings, bracelets, etc. Be sure to cover all tattoos and body piercings.
- Hygiene –we cannot stress this enough. Do not wear too much make up, too much perfume (a mild scent is best) and make sure you are showered and well groomed prior to your interview.
- Have a list of 3-4 questions you would also like to ask the employer. Try to the focus on the requirements of job (i.e. the children, their home, their expectations, child rearing philosophies, travel, etc.). Remember that you are also interviewing them to see if this is the right opportunity for you.
- Do not over talk the interview. Try not to interrupt but participate in the conversation to show your level of interest.
- Refrain from using inappropriate language with the employer, such as “honey” or “sweetheart”; but address them by Ms. _______________________ or Mr. ______________________.
- Keep it professional and friendly. Do not get too involved with your personal information (ie. finances, troubles, or any kind of “baggage” you carry).
- Stay positive. Try not to go in depth about a bad experience you encountered with one of your previous positions. Keep it as optimistic as possible.
- Smile. It keeps the interview positive!
- A firm handshake, direct eye contact and thank them kindly for their time.
Have a great weekend and be sure to Check in next week for tip #3!
Disclaimer: Neverland Nannies provides the guidelines listed above for informational purposes only. They are not legal advice. Neverland Nannies assumes no liability for, and makes no representations, warranties or guarantees about the information herein. Please consult an attorney of your choosing for information and guidance about your specific situation.