One of the big TV programmes in our house at the moment is Channel 4’s The Job Interview; every week there has been a mum returning to work from raising her children, I sit there watching her getting quizzed about the “gap in her CV” (ie the time she took off work to raise her child. Why is “Mum” considered a gap on the CV? What would happen if “Mum” was a commonly accepted part of your employment history?
Well job interviews would be different for a start, instead of sitting in the interview room and drawing from irrelevant experience from years ago they could list their current skills & experiences!
How interview questions could be answered:
• What experience do you have in priority setting?
Well just last week I was cooking dinner, the veg began to boil over at exactly the same time as the following: the door knocked, the toddler threw a tantrum and the phone rang; I turned the veg off first, gave the toddler a toy to try and distract her and then answered the door while holding the phone!
• Tell about a time when you multi tasked?
Well when my child was a baby I used to put her in a sling to rock her to sleep, do some household chores and catch up on social media all at the same time (hands up who’s doing that right now ?)
• Can you tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a difficult customer?
Yes, one day my toddler asked for toast for breakfast, so I made it and gave it to her but she threw it on the floor; she no longer wanted toast; she now fancied weetabix; so I made that but she no longer wanted that, she fancied a yoghurt. I lovingly fetched the yoghurt and spoon remaining calm, polite and loving through the whole experience.
• Can you tell me about your organisation skills?
Yes, just to get here today I meticulously plan my morning, ensuring my child are their breakfast, I showered and got dressed in time, organised childcare for the interview, dealt with at least 10 unexpected requests from my child and due to my organisational skills I still managed to find 10 minutes to do my hair and make up and look presentable!
• How are your communication skills?
They’re great, just this week I was able to get through to my child and tell them it’s dinner time despite them playing minecraft!
The scenarios above are entirely fictitious, but I am sure we can all at least identify with one of them!
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