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
- 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
- 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