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Interview advice please


MarshaD
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I'm interviewing for a new member of staff in a couple of weeks.

 

We don't really do focus activities any more and instead just work with the children at the continuous provision. Do you think it would be too open ended to ask candidates to choose an area of CP to plant themselves in so that I can see how they extend a child's self initiated learning?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hi

 

We always carry out a practical interview it's a really good way to see how they interact with the children, also if they are good and motivated it will show through no matter how nervous they are.

 

We use feedback from the children and other staff to support our decision making process :1b

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We have their formal interview and depending on how many there are we either tell them we'll be observing them after the interview or to come in on another session with an activity of their choosing. I like it when they bring something in, it shows forethought, planning, differentiation and ho they can think on their feet, afterall its a group of children they dont know. ::1a

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I would ask them to plan a short (10-15min) activity for a small group (3-5, depending on age) of babies/toddlers/young children for them to carry out observed. I would let them know they could bring anything in and/or use any equipment in the setting, so long as we were given advanced warning to get what they required ready.

I think you learn just as much about the interviewee from their practical interview as you would from their formal interview. I would like to see what they plan and how they lead the activity: is it: novel? engaging? creative? open-ended? age-appropriate? variable for different stages of development? extendable? child-focused? ... do they: listen to the children? manage behaviour effectively and appropriately? follow children's interests? get down on the children's (eye) level? explain the activity well? show confidence? engage playfully? scaffold learning? have any moments of sustained-shared thinking? ... and so on and so forth :)

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