Initially, child caregivers were called babysitters; as the duties of babysitters became more profound, the term child caregiver has become more appropriate. It does not matter what you call them, a child caregiver is expected to possess a responsible nature and an inherent love for children to be able to qualify for this position.
Child caregivers are hired by parents or agencies following lots of scrutiny. The reason is simple; you wouldn’t want to leave your child in the hands of an irresponsible and unreliable individual. Parents hire child caregivers so that their children can be looked after properly during the time that they are away. Some child caregivers may need to work for a longer period of time such as when the parents would like to go for a vacation.
With the increasing number of incidents of neglect on the part of caregivers, there is a growing concern for hiring the right people for this position. An interview can say a lot about a child caregiver; vigilant parents know just what type of questions to ask during an interview and how to decide which factors make a child caregiver perfect for their child.
Child Caregiver Interview
Preparing for a child caregiver interview is very important. Even if you are sure of your child care giving skills, if you do not go prepared, chances are you could be rejected. It is very important to answer the interview questions tactfully to obtain a favorable result. Interview questions may vary from employer to employer, however there are some general and common questions for the position. These are enlisted below along with appropriate suggestions for answering them.
What drove you to take up the role of a child caregiver as a career?
I love children. There is no better way to explain my motive. Looking after children and teaching them the ways of the world gives me satisfaction like nothing else can. It is pure pleasure to see them growing up to be fine young men and women.
Why do you want to work with us?
Gather some background information regarding the hiring firm first and then answer the question by stating some features of the firm that help them standout form other firms. For example: ‘I have always heard well about the childcare services provided by this firm. Since I am a passionate and dedicated child care giver, I couldn’t think of a better place to join’.
Why did you leave your previous job?
I enjoyed working with my previous employer a lot, but I constantly felt a need to extend my experiences and work in a more extensive childcare environment that enables one on one interaction with children.
Why should we hire you as a child caregiver?
Because I posses all the skills you require for the position. Additionally, I’m very dedicated towards childcare giving as a profession. I posses inborn traits needed to succeed as a child caregiver like patience, energy and creativity.
What do you think a child needs most from a caregiver?
In general the child needs to be loved, listened, given importance and understood by the caregiver. I posses ample knowledge regarding child development and usually cater for the age specific needs of children.
Do you have any experience of care giving with children having special needs?
‘Yes.’(explain the experience)or, ‘No, but I’m willing to take up a position of child care giving that requires caring for special needs children’.
Situational questions are very common in such interviews:
How would you handle upset parents complaining that their child is being teased by another child?
I would calmly convince them that I’ll try my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again and that I’d instill and reinforce the value of empathy among all pupils involved.
How long have you worked at this position and what is your experience with children between the ages of five and ten?
I have worked as a child caregiver for ten years. While most of my wards have been babies, I have provided care to children aged 6, 8, 9 and 10 as well. With older children, it is not about assisting them in eating and changing; it is more about working with their activities to ensure that they become good human beings.
As far as preliminary education is concerned, how to you handle your wards?
I employ a school-readiness program for children not yet of school going age. Teaching them language and numbers using appropriate preschool methods is my feat.
What type of educational activities do you believe a child will enjoy?
Depending on the age of the child, there are a number of physical games, puzzles and memory games that I use to keep them engaged during the time that the parents are away.
What do you like the least about your job?
The fact that one gets attached to children and it is difficult to let go when the time comes.
How can you convince us that you are the right person for our child?
I have excellent references that will vouch for my loving nature and the ability to carry out my work in an appropriate manner. I am willing to provide you contact information of my references so you can check them out.
Do you have any references?
Yes! I have provided the details of 3 strong references on my resume.