| Originally Posted by CaliaA07 |
So if you been reading my other threads I finally quit nannying. I just couldn't do full time care for a baby when I wanted one so bad. I was just totally burnt out. My DH said I could stay home but I thought I would just keep an eye out for anything that really attracted me. Well I found one!
It's a full time aide position for Social Services (CPS). I actually have experience from being a CASA (court appointed special advocate) Guardian at litem for kids in foster or state care. So I turned in my application and resume 2 weeks ago and kinda gave up cause they didn't call back. And then I sent in a follow up email and they called today!! I'm so nervous. I've never had a job that was like professional. Just being a nanny! I have to take a computer test to see how good I am with that and then interview in front of a panel. ACK! I'm really excited but so nervous. I wanted to be a social worker but never could afford to go to school so this could get my foot in the door. Plus I loved being a CASA and helping those kids.
So any advice on interviewing I would so appreciate it. Especially those stupid questions like "What are your best qualities?" And what should I wear?!?!?!
Hi My Fellow Colorado Friend!
I might be able to help. I have exp working in Gov't, and I am also a career advisor. I also was in training to be a CASA, but my schedule wouldn't allow me to continue. It was a massive commitment, so yay for you! That is an amazing accomplishment!
Gov Interviews can be panel... Usually 3 people asking you questions, taking turns. They might have the questions written down for you on the table, so you can see them, or not when you interview. You will usually have a series of interviews, can be 1-3 interviews. Testing is standard as well to help narrow the list of candiates. It will also most likely be a behavioral interview. See link: Behavioral Interviewing So those are not the typical, "Tell me about yourself" questions; although that is a good one to practice as it can be hard for most! Practice and preparation are key.
First, please don't discount your experience. Saying things like, "Just a Nanny", don't represent who you are professionally. A nanny is a very noble profession that not just anyone can do. (my mom is a Nanny, and I know I could never do it! ) It requires many skills that a social working needs! Also your exp as a CASA is huge! That is a great position and many in the role of Social workers take on that job too. There are many transferrable skills working as a CASA to a Social Worker. So you have it in the bag if it is what you want! Use your experiences. Relate the questions ask to your expereince in that role and you will do fine! This is a great foot in door! You are more than qualified to be in Human Services since you already do it as a CASA.
Here is a link to the other interivew areas you might need, typical questions, do's and don't ect.
The best advice I can give you is to know your value and experience as a Nanny and a the CASA...then you will know this job is yours for the taking!!!
Interview Questions: Job Interview Questions and Answers
Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers
One of my fav sites, A-Z on the job search...and interviews, etc.