Job Interview Answers
Instruct parents to use the statement, Check Yourself' (e.g., Tomorrow is your job interview, check yourself to make sure you've revised and printed out your resume. ) to help the teenager develop the ability to prepare successfully for upcoming events (see Parent Talk by Moorman).
If you decide to have someone come into your home to take care of your child, your questions and the things you'll be looking for will have a different emphasis. After all, you already know the atmosphere of your own home. Yet of all the forms of child care, in-home care comes under the least scrutiny by others. You are assuming the role of an employer and must ask all the same things a center director, for instance, might ask prospective child care teachers. Your first step should be to write a job description. Think through your expectations, including specific hours and responsibilities. Make a list of the benefits you are offering, such as vacation time or sick days. Be very specific.
As each transformation takes place and the children move from one stage ofdevelopment to another, so too the job ofparenting takes on a different dimension. I am fully aware that the position I am in as a parent of mainly teenagers is very different to when they were all so much younger. I am also fully aware of the fact that soon the children will be maturing and some of them leaving home and the whole family dynamics will take a dramatic shift once more. For now, I try to enjoy each aspect of my job as a parent (I have to admit to not relishing the teenage moods ) and accept each new shift in my job description.
You'll find a sample nanny-sharing ad on page 28 of this guide. If you'd like help working out a job description or writing an ad, or if you need information on agencies in your area that may place caregivers in shared situations call the program that sent you this booklet.
This handbook gives you general information about in-home care providers so you can get an idea of whether you may want to consider this type of care. If you're seriously thinking about hiring an in-home care provider or if you'd just like to know more, call again. An in-home child care consultant can give you more practical advice, suggest placement agencies, and give you tips on how to find your own care. The consultant can also send you other useful publications to help you evaluate this option for your family, write a job description, locate and choose a caregiver, and understand your responsibilities as an employer.
First, the agency staff members will help you clarify your child care needs. They'll assist you in defining your expectations and preparing a job description that accurately reflects what your position involves and the type of individual you think will be most suitable for your family. They will advise you on caregiver qualifications, appropriate pay, and benefits. Thoroughly discuss your needs and job description with each agency. Ask questions before you select an agency.
The Prescreening Questionnaires on pages 42-43 will help guide you through this stage of the search. If you're prescreening yourself, use the first questionnaire. Make some photocopies to keep by the phone. Have one available for each applicant who calls, so that you can jot down notes and impressions. If someone else, such as an answering service, is prescreening for you, give them copies of the second questionnaire along with a short paragraph that summarizes your job description.
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