1. Tell me why did you choose to pursue a career as Day Care Manager?

I know I can do a good job at it. I can still be with my children during holidays and most of the summer.

2. Explain your passion for children?

My passion for children is that they can be provided with love and support through every area of their life. I want children to feel a sense of belonging and help them to achieve their goals.

3. Tell me what do you think a child needs most from a caregiver?

In general the child needs to be loved, listened, given importance and understood by the caregiver. I posses ample knowledge regarding child development and usually cater for the age specific needs of children.

4. Tell me what do you like the least about your job?

The fact that one gets attached to children and it is difficult to let go when the time comes.

5. Tell us what do you like least?

It is important to be prepared for preschool interview questions like this.

"Children this age can so easily become distracted and I have found this a challenge. I have become less frustrated with this aspect as I have gained more experience and found effective ways to encourage concentration and focus such as involving the children more in the activity, asking them questions and seeking suggestions from them."

6. Explain about a typical daily schedule in your classroom?

Provide a concise overview of the types of activities you engage the preschoolers in, rather than a minute-to-minute account of your day. Give reasons for your choice of schedule.

"I like to mix it up between indoor and outdoor activity, big and small group and individual activities, free play and structured activities, and hands-on and listening activities . This keeps the children engaged and provides opportunities for both learning and fun. I start with a large group activity and then move on to .."

Emphasize your ability to be flexible and to adapt your schedule to meet changing needs and demands.

7. Tell me as a day care manager, what is your management style?

In my experience delegating responsibility and authority is crucial. A team needs to be able to develop and grow as individuals and a whole, not be held back by low expectations or ego.
I believe in building a team. Each member of the team should be clear on their role, know where they fit in and feel as though they can depend on one another. I also believe in real-time feedback. If you do something wrong you should know it immediately. Regardless of right or wrong, the further removed feedback is in time, the less effective it is.

8. As you know I am curious; how did you come to find out about our company and what do you know about us?

This can be a great way to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate initiative. Almost every company will have a website, Facebook page, Instagram account, or some sort of digital footprint. Spend a bit of time doing some online research:

☛ If they have a website, check out their “About us” or “Culture/Mission/Vision” pages.
☛ Who are some of the principal people who work there? Who are the founders?
☛ What sorts of things does this company care about? Do they donate to a particular cause or charity? Which one(s)?
☛ What are their core values? Which of their core values resonate with you?
☛ Has the company been in the news recently or have they won any awards (Social Media can be a great place to find this information).

9. What are your weaknesses as Day Care Manager?

Another tricky one. The purpose of this question is to see how you view and evaluate yourself.

One the one hand, if you suggest you don't have any weaknesses, your interviewer will almost certainly see you as a lair, egotistical, or both.

Don't fall into the trap of trying to present a positive skill in disguise as a weakness, like “I work too hard” or “I am a perfectionist”. Any experienced interviewer will see through this in a heartbeat.

Additionally, revealing that “I'm not really a morning person and have been known to come in late” raises immediate and obvious red flags.

The trick here is to respond realistically by mentioning a small, work related weakness and what you are doing or have done to overcome it.

10. Tell me in this position, you may find yourself dealing with conflicting demands from patients, their families and health care providers. How do you handle situations like this?

As a patient care coordinator, I know I need to juggle multiple responsibilities to multiple parties, and sometimes they may clash. The best way to resolve this is to determine the point of contention and understand the reasoning each person has. I consult with each and make an informed decision about what is best for the patient's care while maintaining empathy and patience in all my interactions.

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When you work on a remote team, there's no chance to chat in the hall between meetings or catch up on the latest project during a shared ride to the office. So virtual communication will be absolutely fundamental to you getting your job done. And you'll be using all kinds of tools to communicate – email, online chat, video hangouts, project management software, etc.

By asking this question about the tools and situations, your interviewer wants to know if you are familiar with them and savvy about what to use when.

12. Explain me a little about yourself: how were you brought up and disciplined as a child?

I come from a conservative family which did not tolerate misbehavior of any kind. Religion played an important role in my upbringing as did discipline in everything, including games. It was a tough childhood but it made me who I am today so I am grateful for that.

13. Tell me how do you stay current on new children's activities, and teaching techniques?

I proactively attend training seminars and research new ideas on a frequent basis.

14. Explain example of when you accomplished a goal that was personally challenging?

I accomplished my certificate 3 in early childhood and my diploma in early childhood while working full time. It was challenging in the sense that I had a huge responsibility in the centre and also alot of work to do outside of the centre.

15. Do you have any experience of care giving with children having special needs?

‘Yes.'(explain the experience)or, ‘No, but I'm willing to take up a position of child care giving that requires caring for special needs children'.

16. Tell me how can you convince us that you are the right person for our child?

I have excellent references that will vouch for my loving nature and the ability to carry out my work in an appropriate manner. I am willing to provide you contact information of my references so you can check them out.

17. Tell me what do you consider your strengths as a preschool teacher?

Possible strengths include the ability to observe each child keenly and objectively in order to best meet each individual needs, planning and organizational skills to ensure the day is a productive as possible, strong communication skills to build positive relationships with each child, dedication, flexibility, energy and creativity, high levels of patience and a good sense of humor!

18. Tell us how have you handled a recent behavioral problem in the classroom?

Discuss how you speak to the children involved, explore the reason for the bad behavior, show them the difference between right and wrong, guide and help the children towards appropriate behavior. Detail the types of discipline you use. Support why you use these methods.

"I prefer to use time out with preschool children. It gives the child time to cool off and reflect on what he or she has done. After a couple of minutes of being removed from the group I discuss the misbehavior with the child and provide guidance for selecting the right response or behavior the next time"

This is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of child development :

"Children who behave aggressively at this age are often unable to verbalize their feelings because they lack the language skills."

19. Tell me how do you deal with difficult parents?

By listening, empathizing, and coming to a mutually beneficial solution as quickly as I can. I find most people really want to feel heard and understood above all, it will diffuse most intense situations.

20. Tell us do you have any references?

Yes! I have provided the details of 3 strong references on my resume.

21. Please summarize your preschool teaching philosophy?

This is a personal question that you need to think about in-depth before your job interview. Possible examples include:

"I strongly believe it is important for preschoolers to be in an environment that is both consistent and secure. A nurturing and supportive school environment makes the child feel safe and instills confidence. I believe learning and development are optimized when a child is secure and comfortable."

"I believe that a mixture of structured activities and free and creative play allow for optimal learning and fun. Each child is an unique individual and should be allowed to learn at his or her own pace. Activities should be centered on establishing self-esteem and confidence"

22. What are your strengths as Day Care Manager?

While this question is an invitation to do some chest pounding, remember to illustrate strengths that will benefit the employer and are relative to the position. For example:

☛ being a problem solver
☛ being a motivator
☛ being a natural leader
☛ the ability to perform under pressure
☛ a positive attitude
☛ loyalty

Are typically all solid strengths, but again, consider the position. For example, mentioning you are an excellent “team player” in a job where you largely work alone suddenly becomes irrelevant to the employer and demonstrates a genuine lack of self awareness.

23. Tell me what skills do you possess that qualify you to provide patient care?

Coordinating patient care may entail acting as a care provider myself, or it may simply be handling care provided by others. In either role, however, a coordinator must be able to multitask and competently handle the delivery of patient treatment. My written and spoken communication skills enable me to effectively do this, and my attention to detail ensures I do so with the utmost of accuracy. I also bring a genuine passion and empathy for patients to the position, which motivates me to provide them with the best care available. Each of these skills helps me treat patients effectively and proactively advance their health.

24. Tell us would you apply the same principles in bringing up your wards, as you were subjected to?

Never. It doesn't make sense. Things have changed drastically. A reasonable amount of discipline is very important but pulling strings too hard can actually have an adverse effect on children of today. I always keep a balance of discipline, understanding and leeway.

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25. Tell me what have you found to be the best way to monitor the performance of your work and/or the work of others?

Keeping lists. Asking for feedback, and frequently touching base with team members.