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Hi my sister has been given an interview for a early years practitioner job at a pre-school and she's never had a job in her life she's only just finished college and never had an interview before how can she be successful?

She has been reading loads on interview tips and questions to expect and is preparing awnser's but she's not sure what to say or how to awnser them right.

Theirs one question that she doesn't know how to awnser and that's what's your weakness , she doesn't know if this will be asked but if it is as she's never had a job she doesn't know what her weakness is as she can't think of any.

Any tips advice would be very welcome
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(Original post by LifeisGolden)
Hi my sister has been given an interview for a early years practitioner job at a pre-school and she's never had a job in her life she's only just finished college and never had an interview before how can she be successful?

She has been reading loads on interview tips and questions to expect and is preparing awnser's but she's not sure what to say or how to awnser them right.

Theirs one question that she doesn't know how to awnser and that's what's your weakness , she doesn't know if this will be asked but if it is as she's never had a job she doesn't know what her weakness is as she can't think of any.

Any tips advice would be very welcome
An obvious answer if she's asked about her weaknesses is a lack of experience - and then she can expound on that by saying how she's eager to learn, give some examples of how she's shown in the past that she can adapt quickly, something like that.

In terms of general interview tips, any job working with children will want to know that their employees are sensible and will put safety first, so she should make sure she's ready for questions about safeguarding and the like. For most safeguarding questions, the correct answer is that any incidents / suspicions should be referred to a Designated Safeguarding Lead and should not be 'gossiped' about even amongst other staff.
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An obvious answer if she's asked about her weaknesses is a lack of experience - and then she can expound on that by saying how she's eager to learn, give some examples of how she's shown in the past that she can adapt quickly, something like that.

In terms of general interview tips, any job working with children will want to know that their employees are sensible and will put safety first, so she should make sure she's ready for questions about safeguarding and the like. For most safeguarding questions, the correct answer is that any incidents / suspicions should be referred to a Designated Safeguarding Lead and should not be 'gossiped' about even amongst other staff.
Thank you so much for your reply.

She's already said of they ask her if you saw the manager hitting a child what would you do she said no matter who you are the safety of the child is the only important thing to her and so will report to the appropriate person in charge of safeguarding

She getting up to date with the EYFS as well and trying to work on her nerves. It's at a pre-school that seems to have a relaxed atmosphere which she loves and really hopes she gets this job it's perfect for her.

Another question she saw she may get asked is if you hear another parent make a racist remark she said she would awnser by saying that she would make it clear that is not acceptable at the pre School and will then report to the appropriate person. Would that be a good awnser?
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(Original post by LifeisGolden)
Hi my sister has been given an interview for a early years practitioner job at a pre-school and she's never had a job in her life she's only just finished college and never had an interview before how can she be successful?

She has been reading loads on interview tips and questions to expect and is preparing awnser's but she's not sure what to say or how to awnser them right.

Theirs one question that she doesn't know how to awnser and that's what's your weakness , she doesn't know if this will be asked but if it is as she's never had a job she doesn't know what her weakness is as she can't think of any.

Any tips advice would be very welcome

How do I prepare for an early years practitioner interview.

Always arrive on time to the interview. ...
Try to stay relaxed and not showing that your are too nervous
Be polite and professional
Give detailed answers to questions
Try to keep eye contact
Stay for a play session if asked by the Nursery as will show them what skills you have if given a opportunity to join in
Explain why you want to work with children
What are the hours worked
Are there any opportunities for further training
Be prepared to ask some questions of your own at the end of the interview
Thank them and will hear from yous soon, thanks for having me over.


How do you explain EYLF.

The Early Years Learning Framework describes play-based learning as a method in which children make sense of the world around them. They also use it to practice and grow social skills and actively participate with other people and objects. Play-based learning makes use of children's natural motivation to play
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How do I prepare for an early years practitioner interview.

Always arrive on time to the interview. ...
Try to stay relaxed and not showing that your are too nervous
Be polite and professional
Give detailed answers to questions
Try to keep eye contact
Stay for a play session if asked by the Nursery as will show them what skills you have if given a opportunity to join in
Explain why you want to work with children
What are the hours worked
Are there any opportunities for further training
Be prepared to ask some questions of your own at the end of the interview
Thank them and will hear from yous soon, thanks for having me over.


How do you explain EYLF.

The Early Years Learning Framework describes play-based learning as a method in which children make sense of the world around them. They also use it to practice and grow social skills and actively participate with other people and objects. Play-based learning makes use of children's natural motivation to play
Thank you , she's been get updated on the EYFS. She's mainly just worried that her awnser's won't be good enough since she's never had a job before.

I'm going to help her as much as I can she reading loads on safeguarding as well to jog her memory of what she learned when she studied childcare years ago
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Thank you , she's been get updated on the EYFS. She's mainly just worried that her awnser's won't be good enough since she's never had a job before.

I'm going to help her as much as I can she reading loads on safeguarding as well to jog her memory of what she learned when she studied childcare years ago
Perhaps jogging her memory like you said would be more helpful to her. It's good that you are going to help her with things for the interview.
Understanding the updated information on safeguarding and health and safety regulations will be helpful to know about.

Like any interview you go in and do your up most best on the day and then await your outcome as that's all she can really do ☺️☺️
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So she passed her interview and they asked her to come in yesterday for a trial and she passed and has got the job but they now want 2 references and as she's never had a job she doesn't have anyone apart from her lecturers to ask so the lady said it was ok to use them and she asked 2 of her lecturers today if they'll be a reference but she worried if they'll be a good one as she's never met them as the last 2yrs of her course we're online so she worried about the references now.
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Hi, everyone

So she passed her interview and they asked her to come in yesterday for a trial and she passed and has got the job but they now want 2 references and as she's never had a job she doesn't have anyone apart from her lecturers to ask so the lady said it was ok to use them and she asked 2 of her lecturers today if they'll be a reference but she worried if they'll be a good one as she's never met them as the last 2yrs of her course we're online so she worried about the references now.
I wouldn't worry, it's very normal to use lecturer's. When it comes to references at this stage - when they've already met her and know they like her - it's very likely just a box-ticking exercise to make sure the references don't bring up any major issues. As long as there weren't any major concerns about her at university (e.g. anything that reached the point of having a formal disciplinary meeting or equivalent) then she should be fine.
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I wouldn't worry, it's very normal to use lecturer's. When it comes to references at this stage - when they've already met her and know they like her - it's very likely just a box-ticking exercise to make sure the references don't bring up any major issues. As long as there weren't any major concerns about her at university (e.g. anything that reached the point of having a formal disciplinary meeting or equivalent) then she should be fine.
Thanks , her lecturers have all said no because they haven't met her and don't know her well enough since all teaching is online so they've told her to use her PAT but he was a no too because he doesn't do references. So shes now stuck and thinks she's going to loose it because she doesn't have any references.

She's phoning this morning to tell her she's got none
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Thanks , her lecturers have all said no because they haven't met her and don't know her well enough since all teaching is online so they've told her to use her PAT but he was a no too because he doesn't do references. So shes now stuck and thinks she's going to loose it because she doesn't have any references.

She's phoning this morning to tell her she's got none
Can she not ask her personal tutor? That’s usually part of their role.
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Can she not ask her personal tutor? That’s usually part of their role.
She asked her PAT but he said he doesn't know her well enough since he's never met her and with everything being online their weren't as many meetings as their would have been had they been in the uni.

She's explained this to the manager who has said it's ok if she can't get references they she'll just use the 6 month probation period to see how she gets on.
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