Preparing for a job interview, like any interview, takes a lot of hard work and planning. That’s why we’ve put together a list of questions Head Teachers and Nursery Managers like to ask in a nursery interview.
First of all, you should be prepared to answer any kind of question the interviewer may ask. There’s no way of telling what you’ll be asked in the interview, but.. Preparation is key!
Start by telling the interviewer a little bit about you. Why do you want to teach, and what are your best qualities?
Common interview questions
Here are some common questions that you may be asked during a nursery interview and a brief sentence on how you may answer them:
What would you bring to the nursery?
You could list your strengths here. “I would bring a positive and can-do attitude to the Nursery environment. I am also patient and enthusiastic”
What assets of yours will compliment your time in the nursery?
Here’s another opportunity to talk about your strengths in more detail. “I am a very organised person and feel that this will help me in this role.”
Can you tell us about a time when your teaching techniques have been effective?
Talk about a specific experience here.
What experience do you have working with children, and is there anything you particularly find challenging about working with nursery children?
Working with children is hard, so be honest. Children get distracted easily and can, at times, be difficult to control. You can list how you will overcome these challenges and link back to your skills at the same time.
How would you handle any safeguarding issues?
Have you had to handle any safeguarding issues? If so, mention how you dealt with it. Being up-to-date with current safeguarding practices is really important, and not knowing how to talk through correct safeguarding procedures could cost you the job. If you are not safeguarding trained, we would highly recommend completing an online course.
Speak to our team to find out about our discounted Level 3 Safeguarding course.
Things to mention
Employers like to visualise the bigger picture, so you may be asked what a typical day would look like in your classroom. They, of course, know that no two days are the same, but try to provide a rough idea. It should be noted that here, you can list how you will be able to overcome any challenges you might face.
On the note of being prepared to answer questions, you should also prepare questions that you want to ask the interviewer. This will show good initiative to the employer, and a good opportunity to get more information on the job that other candidates might not know.
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