More about the Interview Process

Step 1: Apply

Our interview starts with a few questions via email. If you apply through indeed they are a part of the process, and if you reach out directly a member of the hiring team will send them your way.

  • How do you believe children learn best?
  • What do you think are the benefits and difficulties of early childhood education for young children?
  • What draws you to want to join the Our Neighborhood team?

This is a time for us to get to know you, what you believe, your personal story, and what you’re looking for.

Step 2: Interview

Next we will ask you to sign up for a working interview. We believe teachers, like children, learn through play so we want you to come play with us. When you arrive knock or call and someone will let you in. Before entering the classroom you will fill out a sworn statement of affirmation. 

This is a two hour visit where you will spend time in the Infant Toddler Village and Learning Studio, engaging with children and teachers. We invite you to show up authentically, and ask questions when you have them.  Our teachers want to share our values and philosophies with you, so you might receive feedback or tips on language. We know that everyone is learning and want to support your journey. We have a visitor page you can look over to help you feel ready to engage, detailing what to expect.

At the end of your visit day one of our teachers may pull you aside to ask interview questions. While we don’t always ask all of the following questions, you can find some of our interview questions below. 

  • What did you observe in the classroom?
  • Is there anything you noticed that you have questions about?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What was your favorite type of play as a child? (Did you play with blocks, dolls, computer games, etc?)
  • What would your perfect job be, in your perfect work environment? Talk about the roles and responsibilities you would hold.
  • What do you believe are key elements in a high quality operation?
  • What is the most constructive criticism you have received from a past supervisor?
  • If you were offered a position with us, how long would you see yourself staying at Our Neighborhood? What are your long term aspirations?
  • Tell me about a time you were in a conflict with a co-worker. How did you handle the situation?
  • Professionally, in what areas would you like to develop? What skills would you like to learn?
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
  • What gives you motivation to come to work everyday? How are your time management skills?
  • What did you like most and least about your previous job? What is the greatest mistake you have made at a previous job?
  • What age child do you prefer to work with? Why?
  • What is your greatest fear about this position?
  • How do you best give and receive feedback?
  • Do you have a reliable way of getting to work?
  • Are there any responsibilities you have that could make it difficult for you to work certain shifts?

This teacher may also ask you for three references, with their name, email and/or phone number. A reference could be coaches, teachers, friends, colleagues- anyone who can speak to your character.

Step 3: References, Offer, and Background Checks

If we think our school is a great fit for you then after your visit we will check your references and you will receive a job offer via email. If you accept the position then we will connect you with our paperwork team and our onboarding team. Before you can begin orientation you will need to have a TB test and fingerprint check.