Interview Pack: Nursery Assistant

Qualifications

Qualifications are not only based on diplomas, certificates or degrees, but also on skills qualifying the candidate to excel in the position. The skills should be relevant to the positions, and if the candidate provides a skill that is impressive but not relevant, it is not a qualifying skill.

Here, hard and soft skills are equally important. Working with children can be difficult and the candidate has to have a passion for children and their development.

  • “Which skill would you say qualifies you for this job?”
  • “What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve on it/ overcome it?”
  • “Why did you get into this line of work?”

Achievements

Discussion of professional achievements can put the candidate at ease and calm their nerves. It can give you a sense of where their skills lie and how they tie into the vacant position.

  • “What are you most proud of achieving, and why?”
  • “Tell me about a moment in your previous nursery that you are proud of, or most happy about (with regard to a moment with a child).”

Challenges They Faced

Overcoming challenges in the workplace isn’t industry specific. This question suits every interview as it will give you a good sense of the candidates’ ability to solve problems and make decisions.

  • “Tell me about a challenge you faced in your previous employment. How did you overcome it?”
  • “Discuss a time in which you had to confront a parent about their child’s behavior”

Time Management

Time management is an essential skill for every level of employee to have. Excellent time management allows the candidate to fully manage their resources, while being flexible and still producing quality work. These employees won’t panic in a situation that will require extra time and attention, as they would have allowed themselves time to focus on a crisis, if and when it arises.

  • “We know that things can get crazy with the children. How do you manage to get to all your tasks, while also paying attention to the needs of the children?”
  • “How do you handle difficult students?”

Communication

Communicating with children can be challenging, but fun. Knowing how to communicate with children is extremely important, as they can sometimes struggle to explain what they want.

  • “Has there been a moment when communicating with a child that you had difficulty understanding them? How did you overcome that?”
  • “How would you communicate with a misbehaving child to focus on the task at hand?”
    “How important is communication between you and the parents of your students?”

Company Culture

Asking questions related to your company culture will make it easy to judge if the candidate will fit in well with your company or not.

  • “Tell me more about you”
  • “Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?”
  • “What do you enjoy the most about working with young children?”
  • “What defines success for you as a preschool teacher?”

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