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Hoping to be one of ye guys soon

Aug 2017 10 17:33

Post by Brenmc » Thu, 10th Aug 2017, 5:33pm

Post by Brenmc by Brenmc Aug 2017 10 17:33

Hi all,
Another newbe here, just wondering if anyone has any advice.
I have an interview Monday for a position as caretaker of a post primary school, and haven't the foggiest as to what to expect from the people interviewing me. First off I hate interviews I always screw up [Scared.png] Just hoping somebody might have some kind of idea what kind of things are likely to be asked.
Maybe even somebody might have recently had one.
Hope ye don't think I'm been cheeky joining the forum when I'm not even a caretaker yet [Neutral.png]
Thanks in advance in case somebody has some gems of information.
Btw great site [Cool.png]

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Re: Hoping to be one of ye guys soon

Aug 2017 10 20:09

Post by Drone » Thu, 10th Aug 2017, 8:09pm

Post by Drone by Drone Aug 2017 10 20:09

If you can, read up on the school`s OFSTED report. Never, never make any criticism of the work of the outgoing caretaker. If the school is a bomb site, ask what priorities the Head & governing body have for improvements in the learning environment [ classrooms as they are called in the real world]. If you lack experience in caretaking - and we all had to start somewhere - ask what courses are on offer. Make a point of telling them that you want to be up to speed on safeguarding training as soon as possible. You may be asked questions on how you would deal with a tricky situation. What would you do if you went to into a Yr 6 classroom in the evening & found a girl alone & distressed? Nobody else in the room. You get the picture. The answer that they tend to be looking for is that you would ensure that the child is safe, then go & find a competent member of staff such as a teacher or the school secretary. Safeguarding is massive in primary schools these days. Good luck & welcome to the forum.

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Aug 2017 10 21:02

Post by rich76 » Thu, 10th Aug 2017, 9:02pm

Post by rich76 by rich76 Aug 2017 10 21:02

Drone has pretty much covered it. Just to add brushing up on their website never hurts. See what clubs run and what the school seems to be into. Whether it be sports, gardening or environmental. Show an interest. Some primaries I have worked at get the schools council to interview you. I found to turn the questions around to what they want. I always added that I see my role as not only the Safety of staff and pupils but the ability of staff to effectively teach. Meaning classes ready etc
It's mostly rubbish but they seem to lap it up

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Aug 2017 11 05:00

Post by trout39843 » Fri, 11th Aug 2017, 5:00am

Post by trout39843 by trout39843 Aug 2017 11 05:00

Welcome bro. Drone and rich nailed it. I would also look at maint. and compliance as schools are also looking to save money. Why call a plumber in to fix a tap when you can replace the washer for much less.
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Aug 2017 11 07:50

Post by Eddy » Fri, 11th Aug 2017, 7:50am

Post by Eddy by Eddy Aug 2017 11 07:50

If you don't know the answer or are unsure of what they require then ask them to clarify.
None of us know everything, and after 25 years in various versions of caretaking, i still learn new stuff.

I know it seems obvious, but avoid cliche and crass answers.
Have a good look at your past jobs, there are a number of skills that are transferable from other careers. People management, communication, time management, prioritisation (is that even a word?).

above all be honest, sell yourself, smile, be interested and be honest.
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Aug 2017 11 22:41

Post by Danm6 » Fri, 11th Aug 2017, 10:41pm

Post by Danm6 by Danm6 Aug 2017 11 22:41

Hi Brenmc.

Again all of the above are spot on.

Some schools quite like doing a quick written or physical test. Nothing to worry about and very straight forward. I have known a walk round were you say what hazards you may spot or what you would improve on, (Fire exits blocked or decoration, - i.e paining)
They might ask you to explain what a push fitting is or show them how one works. Or just before I was interviewed for the job I have now The written test was my priorities on scenarios. i.e - You start work in the morning and you notice or are told that there is-1* A leak in a classroom 2* No paper hand towels in the staff toilets. 3* there is a broken glass bottle in the playground & 4* The heads Kettle is on the blink.

Anyway as others have said read up on the school and if it has been in the press for anything (Positive) Show an interest and ask questions. When answering use your words and not from what you have researched. They will be able to tell and believe me, it dues stand out when it is you doing the interviewing.

Good luck and anything else just ask.

Fingers and mop sticks crossed for you.

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Aug 2017 12 03:25

Post by thecaretaker » Sat, 12th Aug 2017, 3:25am

Post by thecaretaker by thecaretaker Aug 2017 12 03:25

We have a guide on the main site for questions you might be asked here:
http://www.thecaretakers.co.uk/CMS2/gui ... rview.html

Hope you find them useful and best of luck with the interview [Like.png]
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Aug 2017 13 11:50

Post by Brenmc » Sun, 13th Aug 2017, 11:50am

Post by Brenmc by Brenmc Aug 2017 13 11:50

Thanks so much fellas really appreciate it.
Some great help there.
I have quite a bit of experience with maintenance and commercial cleaning as I had my own business for 10 years so hopefully that'll stand to me.
Now just to get through the interview 😱
Anyway once again thanks for all your help.
Bren.

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Aug 2017 15 11:06

Post by Bigbear69 » Tue, 15th Aug 2017, 11:06am

Post by Bigbear69 by Bigbear69 Aug 2017 15 11:06

Brenmc wrote:
Sun, 13th Aug 2017, 11:50am
Thanks so much fellas really appreciate it.
Some great help there.
I have quite a bit of experience with maintenance and commercial cleaning as I had my own business for 10 years so hopefully that'll stand to me.
Now just to get through the interview 😱
Anyway once again thanks for all your help.
Bren.
Good luck, if you do get the job they won't expect you to know most of the job, even doing the training courses is just a help, learning the job whilst doing it is what most of us have done.

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Aug 2017 15 16:04

Post by EBJ » Tue, 15th Aug 2017, 4:04pm

Post by EBJ by EBJ Aug 2017 15 16:04

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