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Interview questions for boarding staff??

Discussion in 'Independent' started by tartetatin, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi! I have an interview next week for the post of House Parent. I wondered if anyone would be so kind as to point me in the right direction of some interview questions for this type of role. I did a search on here so as to save folks the hassle of suggesting questions, but I can't find any for non-teaching positions. It's quite a departure for me from the familiarity of the 'chalkface', and it has been a while since I've worked with young people in any capacity (other than as a mum!), so any help would be appreciated.
    Many thanks indeed.
     
  2. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi! I have an interview next week for the post of House Parent. I wondered if anyone would be so kind as to point me in the right direction of some interview questions for this type of role. I did a search on here so as to save folks the hassle of suggesting questions, but I can't find any for non-teaching positions. It's quite a departure for me from the familiarity of the 'chalkface', and it has been a while since I've worked with young people in any capacity (other than as a mum!), so any help would be appreciated.
    Many thanks indeed.
     
  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    It's not an area that I'm very familiar with, but I'd expect applicants to have a good knowledge of child protection issues. You might also be asked how you would deal with a child who is new to boarding and more than normally homesick (mentoring from a sympathetic boarder can often help, although as a housemaster I once had a pupil who was so badly affected that he constantly ran away and eventually had to be withdrawn). Also, awareness of how to act in an emergency is a good thing. This can mean anything from having to break the news of the death of a parent to a boarder to the more common event of knowing what to do in case of a serious accident (often best to call an ambulance and then immediately notify the school's medical sister, as the latter can only be of limited help in a serious emergency: parents should then be notified if the pupil is hospitalised). Simpler issues might involve matters faced by all parents, such as to what extent you should help with pupils' homework, how you would balance rewards and sanctions, etc.
    Hopefully others can suggest some more points.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I would just add, to Florian's very full answer, bullying includung cyber-bullying.
    Best of luck
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  5. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Thank you both very much [​IMG]
     

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