School interviews can be a nerve-wracking time for both parents and children. We’ve compiled our top tips for handling interviews and giving your child the best possible chance at being successful in the interview.
- If your child gets nervous easily, practice some deep breathing techniques with them to help them control their nervousness.
- Explain to your child in advance what will happen on the day so that there aren’t any surprises for them. They will be more relaxed if they know what to expect.
- Practice with your child how they should introduce themselves and enter the interview room. When should they sit down, how should they sit etc?
- Help your child to have a good understanding of what the school has to offer and what they feel particularly attracts them to the school.
- Talk through with your child what strengths they have that would fit with the school, help them to articulate this in a clear manner.
- Practice standard questions that schools usually ask, help your child to feel comfortable with how they should answer these questions.
- Try not to put pressure on your child, we all know how important these interviews can be if you are very keen on a particular school, but try not to let your child feel this pressure, it won’t help them in their interview.
- Have a knowledge of current affairs, your child may be asked about what’s happening in the news etc so help them to have an awareness of what’s happening in the world.
- Help your child to think of some questions that they can ask the interview panel. What do they want to find out about life at this school.
- As well as practicing how to enter the interview room, practice how to leave. A firm handshake, good eye contact and a polite thank you for the opportunity to meet with them.
By taking time to prepare and not pressuring children, they will have the best possible chance of being successful.
At Niche Etiquette Children we can offer you and your children one to one or group training to help you prepare for your school interviews.