At the end of last summer I was back in the interview process after three years and I had forgotten what a time consuming and emotionally draining process this is!
I’d forgotten how bad my ability is to wait to hear if potential employers liked me enough to ask me back for a second interview or offer me the job, I was literally staring at my phone for hours on end waiting for the email. Thank goodness people looking to hire a nanny reply pretty quickly to agencies, I don’t think I could survive in the real world where a lot of the time you send your CV off and never hear anything back.
I find it hard when a family are extremely nice but I know the job just isn’t quite right (you know that gut feeling?). I find it hard to turn down their offers of second interviews, although I do, as otherwise I know I will just be wasting everyones time and it’s not fair on the children.
Since my very first interview I have let my gut feelings rule. It’s not something I can really explain, I just know in the first minute or two of an interview if that job is right or not. I’m not sure if it’s luck or this gut feeling which has led me to have found the most amazing families to work with. (I’m secretly hoping it’s my gut feelings).
The hardest is when you think you have found the perfect position but they end up not offering you the job. However I really believe it is for the best as if not everyone is fully happy with the situation then it will never work out for the best.
If you are about to start the interview process or are currently in it, here are some of my top tips that I try to use when interviewing.
- Before the interview do your research. Look up the local area if it is new to you. Find local parks, activities and groups. Not only will your potential employers be impressed that you took the time to do this but it will also give you a feel for the area.
- Think of some questions that you would like to ask that may not necessarily come up in the interview. Then you can avoid that awkward silence that could follow when they ask ‘Do you have any questions for us?’ It also shows them that you are generally interested in their family and the job. If they do cover all your questions during the interview then just be honest and say so.
- Be honest. If for example they say they want to do baby led weaning and you have never done it before, say so. BUT then say that you are really happy to go away and read up about it and talk to some people who have done it and give it a try. If you are willing to learn and do the work then most employers would respect that and I don’t believe it would be a deal breaker.
- Talk to someone whose opinion you trust after your interview and when you are making your decision. Remember at the end of the day it is your decision and you must go with how you feel but it’s always nice to have someone to bounce your thoughts off.
- Sleep on it. Don’t rush into things, give yourself a night to sleep on the decision, sometimes you wake up feeling a bit different about a situation than you did yesterday.