Pre Interview Nerves

Last night i couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning, I have something on my mind that i am worrying about and until it is over i will not be able to settle!

Tomorrow is Interview day!

I work in a school as a Teaching assistant for Nursery and Reception age children, doing 15 hours a week contracted but i also do an extra 2 hours a day supporting a child 1:1 in the Year 1 classroom. The job i am going for is in the same school but with children from years 1-6 and it will be for 27.5 hours a week which is 2.5 hours more than what i work at the moment.

I applied for the job just like all the other applicants filling in a form and handing it in, A few days after the deadline i receive an email inviting me along to an interview which will consist of an activity, where i will be given a selection of picture books to choose one from and a group of 8 KS1 children, i will be the observed taking children through the story and feeding back to them as part of assessment for learning. the observation will then be followed by an interview with a panel of staff.

The school i work for is split over two sites, about a 15 minute walk away from each other, I work in the original school building and my interview is being held over at the new site. This means that i am in the same boat as the over interviewees, as i have never met any of the children that are over there and i hardly know any of the staff over too!

I have researched the typical questions that may be asked at a Teaching Assistant interview and have come across a huge selection that i gave up on reading after a while as i just seem to be filling my head up with the possible that may never happen. This has caused me to have a disrupted sleep as i am constantly fretting over the what and ifs!

So after a week of thinking constantly about how i am going to cope in the interview and a couple of hours reading about other people’s experiences on-line i have come to the conclusion that there is nothing more i can do. I can’t think of an answer for every question or even an answer for every possible scenario that may occur as i will drive myself mad but what i can do is be myself, be honest and to relax and go with the flow!

I have bought a new pair of trousers for the interview, hoping to make a good impression as appearance is everything

I shall team it up with a cool sleeveless tunic in orange or black

I shall wear a pair of flat shoes as i am hoping to get as interactive as i can with the children.

So in my new clothes and my hoping for new found confidence i will be honest, approachable, clearly spoken, friendly and try not to be nervous! easier said than done!

I have my Calms and Rescue Remedy all stocked up in my handbag already for tomorrow 🙂

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Rundown of our active month

Last month, May, was a busy month for the boys as they along with Dad and I have been participating in the Mark Warner’s Family Active Challenge! The boys are very active already attending weekly football, gymnastics, badminton and running clubs but these are clubs that they attend on their own with their friends and not with the family.

This month we have enjoyed being active as a family, spending time together and enjoying each others company.

I have tried a game of Tennis, which i really enjoyed doing, i got a little out of breath running around the court but it was enjoyable and fun and a fabulous way of bonding with the boys. Joseph has been learning how to catch a ball properly, we have enjoyed bike rides, days out at the parks, a visit to Hyde Park and a trip in an amphibious vehicle down the River Thames. Oliver got wet in the garden when the waterbomb burst in his face and Jak has been learning how to play Badminton.

Here is a video clip of what Jak thought of our Active month

 

Find out more about Mark Warner holidays visit their website www.markwarner.co.uk

 

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