Going for an interview in the Care Sector, what do employers look for?
- Think about the type of question you are likely to be asked at interview. This way you will have an idea in your head of how the interview may play out on the day. This will also ensure you have something to say. There are lots of online resources to help you prepare for the questions you are likely to be asked. There are a lot of frequently asked questions that you are likely to be asked which will include questions asking you to provide examples of situations you have experienced both in work and outside or the working environment.
- Research the company you are going to for interview, knowing about the employer will stand you in a good position and show that you are interested in the potential employer. Having knowledge is key to helping you with questions you would like answers to and will also assist you when answering questions. There is no excuse for not knowing about an employer, a quick Google search will provide you with plenty of information, having read the company website is key to making the right impression. There is no excuse to say you don’t know anything or know very little about a company!
- If you are going to work in a Children’s Home environment, there is a lot of legislation that the employer has to work with. A quick search of the internet will provide you with details of the types of legislation that the employer works with. A look at the Ofsted website will also assist you. Remember knowledge is power!
- Consider your appearance, dress appropriately for the interview, often an interview in the care sector will be less formal than one in the corporate sector. First impressions count, so if in doubt wear something smart.
- Think about the day of the interview, make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there. If you are driving, is there parking available? Going on the train, how far is the location from the station. Allow plenty of time to get there. Ideally you should arrive with about 10-15 minutes spare before the interview time. If you are going to be late then call the employer and advise how long you will be and if it’s still convenient for them to see you.
- Smile and be pleasant and engaging, demonstrate you are interested and keen to find out, even if during the interview you feel this is not for you, then continue to behave professionally.
- Always have something to ask at the end of the interview when the recruiter asks if you have any questions, there is always something you can ask. Asking questions shows you are interested. Don’t be afraid to make notes at the interview, or ask for clarification if you are unsure about something.
- Leave the interview positively with a good impression, Shake the recruiters hand and advise them that you look forward to hearing from them.