How To Get Your Child Interview-Ready

Built the rapport with your child: According to Psychoanalysts, a child goes through various stages of psychological transformation. The age between 0-2 years is about hope and trust. The trust developed by the child for the parents can be used in building the confidence in a child. You should develop a good open relationship with your child so that he/she feels that he can trust you.

Research: Do a thorough research about the school in which you want your child to be admitted into. Inquire what will be asked during the interview and written test(s). Jot these down and start preparing bang on!

Brush the basics: Even if the school authorities do not particularly mention about questioning shape and colours during admission, it is expected that your child would know them. Start with the name of the respective school, parents, their profession, home address, country etc. Also brush up other essentials such as colours, alphabets, numbers, fruits, vegetables, shapes, flowers, the national anthem of the country and the like.

Make a routine: Make sure that you regularly spend time on and with your child to teach him. Make a routine when you let go of the fun part and ask him to focus on the learning part.

Play smart: The authorities will judge your child’s communication, interaction, motor, cognitive and academic skills. Identify your child’s shortcomings and work harder on that aspect. It could be speech, body language, attention, handwriting, anything. Puzzle solving is another great way to hone a kids’ dexterity and problem-solving skills.

Dress appropriately: Dress your child neatly. Oil and comb the child’s hair properly. Avoid glittery and frilly dresses, and try to make your child wear minimal accessories. Dress the child in comfortable, airy clothes. Even for you, try wearing simple formal clothes. Avoid bright and gaudy colours and glittery ornaments.

Tackle the tantrums: As our little chums are closer to us more than anything in this world we tend to shower them with all the love in the world. This sometimes makes them a little aggressive and demanding. You have to make them understand that they have to behave themselves while outside. Throwing tantrums in public should be handled with trick and compassion. This helps the child to be calm in the school.

Encourage him to talk: Most children shy from expressing their views in front of strangers. To overcome this hurdle during admission, target their social interaction. You may let your kid recite poems to elders; insist on conversing in English at family gatherings or with your office mates. Ask him to introduce himself by making eye contact, shaking hands and answering questions. Encourage him to order his meals at a restaurant or answer the phone.

Make learning fun: Boost the learning process of your child by helping him observe hoardings, the colours and alphabets in them, the number plates of vehicles, certain words written on books, newspapers or the display boards at shops and malls. Make learning more fun and interactive

Develop social etiquette: First impression is the last impression. Teach your kid to greet the good morning, shake hands, and refrain from picking nose. Make sure he addresses “mam/sir” not aunty/uncle to authorities. Give some tips on greeting someone with a handshake and hello. Ask him/her to calmly voice their opinion instead of crying. Provide him with a clean handkerchief and polished shoes. A child who says “sorry” and “thank you” definitely creates a good impression and not only of the kind but of the entire family. Good posture and pleasant expressions are also crucial.

Don’t stress your child: Do not pressurise your child with your worries. This will make him nervous. Ensure healthy and enjoyable preparation. Allow him to rest and provide healthy food. Reward his efforts rather than pressurising him attainment of goals

Do your homework: Parents are also asked various questions when they come to schools seeking admission for their child. You might be asked about your interests, activities, lifestyle and work. Some schools also ask parents how they deal with challenging situations like fussy eaters and striking the child. Be sure you do not run a surprised face there!

Briefing about the big day: Brief your child about the school and the questions to be asked in the interview. Take your child to the school before the interview and show him/her the campus, allow him to interact with people over there. Most of the school allows this in order to break the normal belief that Kindergarten interview is a nightmare for the kid.


New Woman Team

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