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Phone manners matter

Phone manners matter

As important as the face-to-face interview is, your recruitment process begins a lot earlier. And while there are lots of articles out there that focus on your resume, a crucial part of the process is the first call from your potential future employer.

The recruiter is not just making a phone call to book you in for an interview, they are pre-screening you to see how you present yourself over the phone, and whether your answers are applicable and valid for the advertised position.  This is your opportunity to make a positive first impression.

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PEACE of mind for your interview with families

PEACE of mind for your interview with families

After the thorough screening process within our recruitment department you might go for another interview with our families for them to choose the best match for their family.

Such an interview usually takes place in the family’s homes and can be quite scary.

How do you succeed in one of those interviews?

We suggest you use a PEACE approach to your interviews.

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Know the company that you are looking to work for…

Know the company that you are looking to work for…

You have secured an interview with Placement Solutions and you feel excited about the prospects of working for the agency as a Nanny or Household Manager. But a wave of dread comes across you, what do you really know about us? How do we differ from other agencies? What can we offer you? Are we the right fit for you? So many questions fill your mind…

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Interview styles - One approach doesn’t fit all

Interview styles - One approach doesn’t fit all

With the Nanny Pilot being in full flow the recruitment department faces lots of first times and novelties. We do have interviews in recruitment offices in small towns, interviews in family’s homes, interviews with children and dogs around; we have skype interviews and inductions and we can see nannies interacting with children.

Those different situations make it easy to see advantages and disadvantages of each and we thought it a great time to compare different interview styles.

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Let’s talk Ethics…Soft Skills as important factor in your application

Let’s talk Ethics…Soft Skills as important factor in your application

Working in childcare means working in an industry that is loaded with ethical and moral questions, values and opinions; even more so when it is in-home childcare. It can be quite easy to oversee what lies right in front of you. That’s why we as recruiters try to point out the important facts right from the beginning. And besides a screening of your ‘hard’ skills, such as knowledge of child development, skills in settling, nappy changes and activity planning, this also involves an assessment of your ‘soft’ skills such as communication skills and, you guessed it, ethical values and positions.

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References - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

References - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

So you have finally taken the plunge and decided to return to the workforce after having children or maybe you’re sick of the same old job and need a change. One of the many things that you need to think about when applying for a new job is your references. You may be able to talk your way through a great phone interview, or even a fantastic face to face interview however; you need reliable and trustworthy references to back you up. Promoting yourself will only get you so far, it’s your references that can easily make or break you when it comes to getting that great job. Therefore, choosing the right people to be your reference can be a critical part of your application process.

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The importance of thorough reference checks

The importance of thorough reference checks

Hiring quality staff members can be quite challenging at times. Regardless of a thorough resume screening, detailed interview questions and analysis of personal behaviour during all forms of interaction will only show you one side of the person. The recruiter will hardly ever experience the applicant in a working environment. Especially when working with children it can be a difficult situation since we as recruiters don’t have children on hand to see the interaction of applicants with children during interviews. The difference between presenting at an interview and caring for pre-school aged children is also quite huge. Needless to say, we need to hire good quality staff and ensure that they perform as Nanny to the highest of our standards.

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The do’s and don’ts of “dressing” for an interview.

Applicants sometimes forget or don't realise how important “dressing” is when attending an interview. In some cases it might be the difference between you getting or not getting a job. Although your experience and qualifications should speak for themselves, it’s the image that you portray that can also affect your job application. Employers may feel that if you dress poorly or inappropriately. This then will reflect on their business and as it does not portray the correct or desired image of the company, they will not want to hire you. Therefore, you need to dress for success and leave the ‘right’ impression not the ‘wrong’ impression.

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Does your workplace reflect your values?

We are flexible. We are connected. We are incredibly open and we travel more than for example my grandparents ever even dreamed about. I moved 16,Son343 km from the middle of Germany to Melbourne in order to work where I work. I can’t even start to count all the different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures my friends, acquaintances and colleagues have; the diversity is enchanting. Different cultures, different food, different music, religion, political views. And in the middle of all this variety is you, an individual with your own culture, values and priorities. There is little doubt that in order to be happy and live  a satisfying life you need to be in an environment that is in line with your own culture, your own set of values; a place where you can be yourself. Considering that you spend an average of 8 hours of your day at work you can do the maths and will find that your workplace should definitely be a place that reflects your own values.

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Don’t search for words at an interview – Follow (the) STAR

Working as a recruitment consultant myself I can tell you that we love behavioural interview questions. And we also know that they put applicants in a somewhat difficult situation. I recently read an article on a great method to deal with behavioural interviews and think it is a great tool for all of us to have.

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Between invitation call and interview – Communicate, communicate, communicate

One thing that recruiters are continually asked is, what makes a good candidate. The answer to this would seem simple, one that has good experience, good qualifications and presents well. Whilst this is all true, there is also some other influencing factors that a candidate might not think about. It’s that time between having a phone interview and attending the interview that people sometimes forget about.

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5 common mistakes when writing a resume

So you have decided to start applying for jobs after being out of the market for some time, maybe you had children and stopped working, maybe you have been working with the same company for years and have decided you need a change.  Whatever the reason you need to write a resume and you just don't know where to start.

One thing that people start doing is talking to their friends about what to do and suddenly they get all these "great tips". Unfortunately their tips might not be based on professional knowledge but personal experience.  Therefore, we have put together some common mistakes that should be avoided.

 

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Nervous before your interview? Try these tips and be at your best.

Are you applying at the moment and faced with your first interview or do you remember your last interview?  How did you feel about it?  If you are like many of us the interview might have caused you a fair amount of excitement and nervousness, maybe even anxiety.  Do you think it influenced your performance?  Did you fail to get a good night’s sleep beforehand as you were thinking too much about the upcoming interview?  Did your voice crack?  Did you come up with your best answers after you left the room?  If so, be reassured, you are not alone.  But just because you are not alone doesn’t mean you have to be this way.  Follow our tips and tricks and ensure you are at your best for your next interview.

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Top Tips for Phone Interviews

When applying for jobs it's more than likely that you will be contact via phone prior to attending a face to face interview. Phone interviews are critical to recruiters as they assist them in short listing applicants and ensuring that the applicant meets the selection criteria.

Phone interviews can make you a little nervous and because you don't always know when you will receive the call, you may feel a little unprepared. If you follow our top tips they will assist you in being prepared and will increase your chances of getting a face to face interview.

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Interviews Matter

Of course, all of us understand that looking after children is so important that face-to-face interviews are a necessity for all nannies before they can start a job. These interviews don’t need to be with the family directly, agencies have the qualification and staff to thoroughly identify whether the position offered is suitable for you.

Unlike often perceived interviews are not only for the employer. After all it comes from the French s’entrevoir which means to see each other.  While the employer will of course see you, you will also see the employer which gives you the chance to get more information on the position and whether you can imagine committing to the job and enjoying your work. In the long run having realistic expectations at the interview and knowing what you want from a job can lead to a more fulfilling work life.

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Getting the behaviour you – and your Nanny – would like

“No matter someone’s background – their education level, their socioeconomic resources, their culture, their religion, their language – no matter what their family looks like in a picture – everybody struggles with parenting.”

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