How to Ace a Preschool Interview: 6 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Some soon-to-be parents start worrying about getting their child into preschool before labor and delivery even start. That’s because competition for admittance into some pricey private preschools can get pretty fierce. If you're trying to get your tot into a prime school, she might get to experience her very “interview" before her third – or even second -- birthday. Since her resume probably isn’t all that extensive, you’ll want to make sure that she wins over the staff with her natural charm.


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    Prep your little one by teaching her the answers to basic questions like "What's your name?" and "How old are you?" The preschool interview isn't as much about academics as it is about social skills and your child's personality. She doesn't need to know how to recite her ABC's, but it's likely to help if she can converse with the interviewer.
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    Stop referring to the day as an "interview." While it's a way to assess whether your child's a good "fit" for a preschool, calling it an interview can raise stress levels for your family. Instead, refer to it as an "assessment" or an "orientation" to help relieve some of the pressure you and your child feels on the big day.
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    Dress your child appropriately for the interview. While you may want her to look her cutest in a frilly dress, interviews can involve a great degree of play. Instead, opt for neat, clean, comfortable clothes and follow this lead with your own wardrobe, going with a business-casual look. The interviewer could ask you to join in the play session -- which might present a problem if you're dressed in a form-fitting pencil skirt and high heels.
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    Showcase your child's curiosity rather than what he knows. Most preschools are looking for bright students, but "bright" doesn't automatically mean genius. They're looking to see how children react and respond to things. Reach for toys that will spark your little one's creativity and imagination. You might want to give him a couple of hand puppets or something he can build -- and let the interviewer observe while he plays. This is more effective than trying to get your child to perform by reciting the states or counting to 100.
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    Stay out of the interview when a teacher or director is interacting with your child. While it might be tempting to step in and coax your little one so her adorable personality shines through, this could backfire and hurt her chances of gaining admittance. Unless you're addressed by the teacher, let your child interact on her own. You definitely don't want the teacher to think that your bright and adorable child comes along with a high-strung, high-maintenance mom.
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    Ask questions about the preschool once the evaluation is over. Don't forget that it's not only a chance for the school to interview your child, but it's a chance for you to interview the school as well. Ask about issues like bullying, snacks, potty usage, curriculum and field trips to make sure that the preschool is right for you and your child.

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