BEFORE YOU GO TO THE INTERVIEW MAKE SURE YOU’VE DONE YOUR RESEARCH. ASK THE AGENCY FOR A JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE, DO A LITTLE RESEARCH ABOUT THE AREA.

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE DETAILS ABOUT THE POSITION:

  • Name of the family, full address and contact telephone number
  • Expected due date
  • Expected start date and length of employment
  • Ages and gender of any other children in the family and their names if possible
  • Time off during the week – usually 24 hours per seven days worked
  • Duties
  • Pets in the home
  • Family dietary requirements
  • Accommodation – share with baby or your own
  • Whether the mother intends to breastfeed or bottle feed.
  • Mother’s view for baby – if routine, Gina Ford or feeding on demand.

Take with you to the interview

  • Your C.V. and references neatly presented
  • Original copies of your certificates/ First Aid
  • Do prepare interview questions – the more enjoyable and interesting you make the interview the better impression you will make

Do

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview
  • Telephone the family and/or agency if you have to cancel or are running late
  • Look presentable, neat and tidy and don’t forget to smile – first impressions count!
  • Let someone know where you will be for the interview
  • Keep the agency informed of any interviews
  • Show an active interest in the family, especially any children they have – play with them, rather than money being the first question
  • Have a positive attitude and do not be derogatory about past employers
  • Turn your mobile off during an interview!
  • Retain receipts from travel expenses – most families are happy to cover reasonable travel costs from out of town. This should be arranged and agreed before the interview takes place
  • Discuss salaries, time off etc. at the end of the interview rather than being the first question of the interview! Alternatively refer the questions to the agency