Recommendations for interviews
Types of interviews
It is the most common way to be interviewed. They are generally made in the family home. However, they can also ask you to be in a public place, such as a coffee shop. In any case, they are carried out in the presence of one of our consultants who will also take care of taking it to the agreed place.
It may also happen that you are asked to do a test (usually one or two days) to see how you are doing at home or with the children.
By video call
Interviews, at least to have a first contact, can also be arranged by video call, especially if the job is far from where you live.
If a family is interested in interviewing you, one of our consultants will contact you to make an appointment. At the agreed time, you must be available, in a quiet environment, without distractions or background noise; if necessary we offer our facilities for it.
We believe that the following tips could help you prepare for the interview with our families:
It must always be at the agreed time, in the right place. If possible, we recommend arriving a little in advance, to avoid any unforeseen events that may arise.
If you are late, you will lose your opportunity before you start, we will not value your profile.
Get an in-depth understanding of the position being offered, its requirements and what is expected of you. We will help you with this task.
As a sign of interest in work and family, you can bring prepared questions.
Showing interest and affection for children is what parents want to see when interviewing a good babysitter. If they are present, pay attention to them, ask them simple questions like their name and age.
Ask about them even if they are not present (how old are they, what are they like, etc.).
Hand in hand, introduce yourself, be positive, cheerful, and smile. The first impression can “tip the balance” in your favor, greatly increasing your chances of landing the job.
She is applying for a babysitting position, which is why parents see her as a reference for their children. Having good manners is not just eating politely or sitting well at the table. It also consists of being considerate of other people, treating them with respect, appreciating good gestures, etc. Keep this in mind throughout the interview.
Your appearance should speak for you, saying that you are a neat, easy-going and professional person.
Our recommendation is to wear black, baggy pants and a clean blouse. Also, if you prefer, we provide you with a uniform.
To make a good impression you should always wear clean and well-tied hair, short and clean nails and, if painted, discreet colors. Do not wear heavy perfume or excess makeup. If you have piercings or tattoos it is better not to wear them or that they are not visible in the interview.
We do not recommend chewing gum.
The family uses the interview to get to know you, so it is important to be honest. Develop your answers and use the appropriate language, avoiding answering questions with a simple yes, no, “hum”, “ah”, etc.
You will know the conditions of the position prior to the interview with the family, but if you have any additional questions, the interview is a good time to comment.
You can also take advantage of the interview to make a general summary of the characteristics of the position (tasks, schedules, availability on vacations, etc.).
In our experience, some questions are more frequent in interviews; be prepared to answer them in detail:
- How long have you been working with children?
- Why have you chosen to work with children? What do you like most about working with children?
- Have you ever had an accident with children? How did or would you react?
- How did you organize yourself in your previous job? Explain how you organized the house on a day-to-day basis.
- How do you define yourself? Are you a happy and active person?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What are you looking for in this position? Do you have a commitment to stay?
- Can you cook? What is your best dish?
- How is the iron doing?
If you are a foreigner:
- What did you do in your home country?
- Why have you chosen to come to Spain?
- How long do you plan to stay in this country?
- Do you have family in Spain? And in your country?
We are here to help you, give you advice and reach an agreement between you and the family. Count on us and tell us your impressions.