Interview Qu: Personal History Questions to ask ChildCare Staff

The following set of questions are great examples you can use to learn more about a candidates personal history and background during interviews:

  • Where did you grow up?
  • Which schools did you attend in primary and high school?
  • Why have you chosen to become an au-pair/night nurse/tutor/ teacher, etc?
  • What appeals to you about private care at home vs working within a classroom environment?
  • What do you enjoy most about working with children?
  • What qualities make you a good child carer?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging and interesting part of working with children?
  • Do you have a tertiary education?
  • What are, in your opinion, the most important aspects of raising a child?
  • What is your relationship with your family like?
  • Do you have younger or older siblings?
  • What similarities do you have to your parents?
  • Can you tell me about your childhood experiences and how they relate to your chosen career today?
  • How do you think your family would describe you and your personality?
  • As a child, how were you disciplined?
  • What are your favorite ‘fun’ activities and hobbies?  Is she is learning to play an instrument, or does she enjoy painting etc.
  • What do children like most about you and being around you?
  • Do you have a boyfriend or husband? How does he feel about you working late or over weekends occasionally?
  • Do you have any dependents? If she does have her own children, ask her what will happen when her child/children are sick? If she is a live-out au pair, how far away does she live and how long does it take her to get to you or your child from her home?
  • If you have pets, does she have any allergies or problems with this?
  • If she is a vegetarian, will she cook meat for the children, if you are not a vegetarian or visa versa?
  • Does she smoke?
  • What does she usually wear to work? Jeans or skirts? In other words, is she prepared to get messy, and stuck into art projects etc. with the kids? The best au pairs are always the ones that prefer dressing casually.
  • What activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
  • Do you have any other jobs at the moment?
  • Are you currently studying? If so is your timetable likely to clash with my requirements at the moment.
  • Do you have any physical health problems I should know about?
  • Have you had any mental or emotional problems in the past?

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