Prepare for scenario-based questions:
Anticipate questions that ask you to describe how you would handle specific situations. For example, the interviewer might ask you how you would approach a situation where two children are arguing over a toy during playtime. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to structure your responses to these types of questions:
Situation: Describe the scenario you encountered in the nursery. Provide context by explaining the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Task: Clearly outline the task or objective you needed to accomplish in response to the situation. This could include managing a conflict, addressing challenging behaviour, supporting emotional needs, etc.
Action: Detail the actions you took to address the situation and achieve your objective. Focus on the steps you implemented to effectively manage the behaviour or support the child’s needs. Be sure to emphasise any strategies or techniques you utilised, such as active listening, positive reinforcement, redirection, etc.
Result: Share the outcome of your actions. Highlight the impact of your intervention on the child’s behaviour, emotional well-being, and overall learning experience. If applicable, discuss any positive changes observed in the child’s behaviour or the resolution of the situation.