How to prepare for your Interview
How To Prepare For Your Babylangues Interview
So, you’re interested in working with us at Babylangues? Yay! If you haven’t applied to work with us yet, click here!
I’m sure you’re wonderinh how to prepare for your interview…
After a short phone interview, the next step of our recruitment process is to invite you to an interview. If you are applying to work outside of Paris, or if you haven’t arrived in Paris yet, you will be invited to a Skype interview. For the applicants who are living in Paris, you will be invited to an interview in our head office in Le Marais.
In this blog post, we’ll give you some more information on our interview process and share a few of our top tips on how to be the best candidate.
What Should I Do Before The Interview?
Reply To The Email
Our recruitment team has sent you an email inviting you to the interview. First thing’s first: let them know you’re available! If you don’t let us know, we will assume you are not free. We also ask that you send us a copy of your passport and visa before attending the interview, just so we know you can legally work with us.
Add Our Skype Name
If you have been invited to a Skype interview, be sure to add our Skype name beforehand so that we don’t run into any issues when we call you! This will be sent to you via email. You should also check that you have a stable connection and sufficient battery so that the call can go as smoothly as possible.
Check How Far It Is To The Office
If you have been invited to an interview in our Paris office, it would be a good idea to check how long it will take you to get there so you can be here on time. If you are taking public transport, make sure to check that there are no delays!
Remember: don’t stress! Our interview process is very relaxed and informal, so you have nothing to worry about!
What Happens During The Interview?
Firstly, the person in charge of recruitment will check that all the details that we have for you are correct and just ask you some more questions about you and your life here in France.
Explain Your Experiences
Then you will be asked about your experiences working with children. These experiences can be both formal and informal, as long as you can demonstrate to us how this was beneficial to you and what you learnt from it. Your experiences can include anything from nannying or being an au pair to teaching in a school or working in a summer camp. It’s even worth mentioning if you have looked after family members, such as younger siblings or cousins.
React To Scenarios
The interviewer may give you some scenarios that could come up whilst you are looking after the children – for example, the interviewer may want to know what you would do in a difficult situation with a child. Perhaps the child is behaving in an unsafe way, or is refusing to do what you have asked them to.
In order to prepare for this, you should think about all the different contexts this could take place in, such as whilst crossing the road on the way home from school, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom – there are always risks in these areas for the child. You can anticipate these questions and think about what you think is the best thing to do in these situations.
Talk About Activities – How To Prepare For Your Interview
The interviewer may ask you to describe the activities you would do with the children. Kids need constant stimulation, so a good babysitter will be able to think on the spot and come up with fun games to keep the kids entertained. Think back to the games that you used to play when you were younger, as these games will have been played in the same language that you are trying to teach, and therefore it would be great for you to pass these on to the children you are looking after. Before your interview, you could even write down some ideas so you don’t get caught short in the interview.
Hear What It’s Like To Work With Us
Finally, the person in charge of recruitment will give you a little bit more information about working with Babylangues. This will include some information about our history, what it’s like to work with us, the benefits of working with us, and the next steps of the recruitment process. If you have any questions for us, this would be a good time to ask them.
What Happens After The Interview?
After your interview, if you are selected to be a Babylangues instructor, you will be put in touch with our Matching team who will match you with a family based on yours and the family’s schedule. Then you will be invited to a first meeting with the family, and if all goes well there, then the sessions will be planned and you will be ready to start work!
Bonne chance !
The demand for English-speaking babysitters is on the rise in France. Click here to see our available jobs in France.