Pre Interview Nerves

Last night i couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning, I have something on my mind that i am worrying about and until it is over i will not be able to settle!

Tomorrow is Interview day!

I work in a school as a Teaching assistant for Nursery and Reception age children, doing 15 hours a week contracted but i also do an extra 2 hours a day supporting a child 1:1 in the Year 1 classroom. The job i am going for is in the same school but with children from years 1-6 and it will be for 27.5 hours a week which is 2.5 hours more than what i work at the moment.

I applied for the job just like all the other applicants filling in a form and handing it in, A few days after the deadline i receive an email inviting me along to an interview which will consist of an activity, where i will be given a selection of picture books to choose one from and a group of 8 KS1 children, i will be the observed taking children through the story and feeding back to them as part of assessment for learning. the observation will then be followed by an interview with a panel of staff.

The school i work for is split over two sites, about a 15 minute walk away from each other, I work in the original school building and my interview is being held over at the new site. This means that i am in the same boat as the over interviewees, as i have never met any of the children that are over there and i hardly know any of the staff over too!

I have researched the typical questions that may be asked at a Teaching Assistant interview and have come across a huge selection that i gave up on reading after a while as i just seem to be filling my head up with the possible that may never happen. This has caused me to have a disrupted sleep as i am constantly fretting over the what and ifs!

So after a week of thinking constantly about how i am going to cope in the interview and a couple of hours reading about other people’s experiences on-line i have come to the conclusion that there is nothing more i can do. I can’t think of an answer for every question or even an answer for every possible scenario that may occur as i will drive myself mad but what i can do is be myself, be honest and to relax and go with the flow!

I have bought a new pair of trousers for the interview, hoping to make a good impression as appearance is everything

I shall team it up with a cool sleeveless tunic in orange or black

I shall wear a pair of flat shoes as i am hoping to get as interactive as i can with the children.

So in my new clothes and my hoping for new found confidence i will be honest, approachable, clearly spoken, friendly and try not to be nervous! easier said than done!

I have my Calms and Rescue Remedy all stocked up in my handbag already for tomorrow :-)

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