As you know, our world has changed quite a bit in the last month. The majority of Canada’s workforce is now working from home. Business and family meetings are taking place virtually. People are using technology (Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facetime, etc.) more than ever before to connect with one another.
We’ve also seen a shift in how families are interviewing prospective nannies as well. Whether families need immediate help because they are frontline workers or they’re planning for when COVID-19 social distancing requirements lift, families are interviewing nannies virtually using existing technology. Moving forward families may choose to do this as a first step in the interview process. It’s more convenient and flexible than having a nanny they do not know come into their home.
We want you to be aware that interviewing virtually has some unique challenges to consider and prepare for. It’s not the same as chatting with your family or friends online. Below you will find our 5 tips to help you have a successful virtual interview.
- Set up your technology. There are many ways to chat online. If an interview has been set up for you and you haven’t used the technology before, be sure to test it out. Call a friend, or parent to make sure you know how to use it. There is nothing worse than logging on and for the first 5 minutes trying to work out how to get your camera or microphone to work.
Check to see that your internet signal is strong enough so that the video call doesn’t cut in and out or is interrupted.
- Set up your personal space. We’ve all seen the child who runs into the back of the dad’s meeting or the cat who walks directly in front of the camera. Although these moments are funny, they’re also disruptive and can send the wrong message to your potential employer.
Make sure you pick a location in your home that’s quiet, professional and well lit. It’s never appropriate to do an interview while sitting on your bed, in your car, with other children in your care or with your roommates in the frame.
- Be on time. Yes, this is the same for an in person interview. Our experience is that more nannies are late for virtual meetings than they are in person meetings. Be sure to set an alarm so you don’t lose track of time, log in 2 – 3 minutes before the meeting start time and be ready to go at your pre set location within your home.
- Appearance. It’s easy to let things go when you are not meeting in person. It is important to present yourself in the same professional way you would in person. If you just roll out of bed and turn on the camera, it will be obvious and send the message that you simply don’t care.
- Be prepared. Look over the job description and have questions ready for the family who is interviewing you. Have all your documents close at hand so that you can describe your past experience and answer any questions the family has for you.
Over 1 million Canadians are now on the CERB. The market has been flooded with nannies and workers from every industry. When the economy does start to open up, there are going to be dozens of people interviewing for every position. Make sure you stand out by doing everything possible to be one of the first people back to work. Preparing yourself for video interviews, getting your resume and references updated or taking some upgrade classes are all great steps to being prepared for when the economy opens back up.
The Nannies on Call Team