Our interviews are conducted face-to-face for all shortlisted candidates. They are based on an objective assessment of the candidate’s ability to meet the person specification and job description.
All candidates have a structured interview format to gain the required information about each candidate’s suitability for the role. Any gaps in information supplied on the application form will be addressed with the candidate during the interview process. A confident selection of a preferred candidate is then based upon demonstration of their suitability for the role.
We know that interviews can be nervous occasion – therefore, consider these tips before coming to an interview with us:
- Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. It’s likely we’ll ask you specific questions about Acorn Childcare, so make sure you’ve done your homework on our history, our ethos and our recent news.
- Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
- Look the part
A big part of your role will be meeting and dealing with parents, and it’s important you can come across as presentable and respectable – and most importantly trustworthy. It goes without saying that anything which may be considered offensive or bad taste should be completely avoided.
- Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that we’re just regular people.
- Ask questions
You should always have some questions for us, as we like to see you’re interested in the position. Prepare about five questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into our culture and our focus.