We have all been through the rigors of interviews. And most of them have been quite memorable, for lack of a better word. Memorable because we have either obtained a job through them or been given the boot as a possible candidate. Both have had their perks. How? Well, if you have obtained a job through a successful interview, you have added to your career. If you have been rejected, you have been provided with a valuable lesson on what not to do the next time. Winner both times!
That is looking at the brighter side of things. The latter situation will make sure that you ace the next interview. The whole “trial and error” thing applies here. Ask yourself:
• What did I say wrong that got me booted?
• Was I dressed strangely?
• Did I offend the interviewer?
• Was I not prepared enough to answer work-related questions?
It was either one or all of these, in which case you have to be very careful the next time you appear for an interview. Here is what you have to do:
• Keep your answers to a minimum. Short and sweet is the name of the game here.
• Dress as you would dress for a first day at a new job. Ditch the t-shirt and trainers. Wear collared shirts and a trendy jacket. Polish those shoes.
• Do not ask counter questions if you want to avoid offending the interviewer
• Read the job description thoroughly before you appear for the interview so that you do not get stuck at a work-related question
Ready to go now! Look at the following interview questions to prepare further:
Why did you opt to work as a kindergarten assistant? What is so special about this role?
I have worked in several different capacities in education, including as a special needs assistant. While I enjoyed all of them equally, teaching kindergarten students holds a special appeal for me. This is because I feel that my skills are honed to providing academic excellence to preschoolers. I connect with them on a very special level. And this is what makes this role so special in itself!
How do you deal with difficult children? What is your modus operandi?
Dealing with difficult children is all in a day’s work for kindergarten assistants. The key to handling it right is to never lose one’s patience. When a child is being difficult, there is often an underlying reason. Children are not unkind by nature. If they are giving trouble, it means that they are troubled themselves. I try to determine the underlying issues and address them immediately.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in this role?
There was this student who was labeled as “special needs”. I was his SNA (special needs assistant). During the five months that I provided him academic support, I realized that he actually had quite regular skills. I didn’t see anything “special” in his approach to things. I raised the alarm and he was reassessed. It turned out that he had been misdiagnosed and was actually absolutely alright. This is my biggest accomplishment till date.
In three words, describe your skills.
Patient, proactive and empathetic.