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How would you react if a child was choking?

1 of 30 Daycare Worker Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Your training in CPR will teach you exactly what to do if a child was choking; however, the interviewer wants to see that you can recall your training under pressure.

When a child is choking you should:

1. Assess if the child can cough. Coughing is the best way to remove a blockage.
2. If the child cannot cough, call 911 and begin back blows and abdominal thrusts.
3. If the child cannot breathe, start CPR. Due to the blockage, the CPR will need to be modified.
4. Give chest compressions and rescue breaths until the item becomes dislodged and the child begins to breathe.
5. When emergency care arrives, let the professionals take over.

Walk the interviewer through these steps, showing that you have absorbed your CPR training to the point where you would be helpful in an emergency.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"Only once in my childcare career have I had to help a choking child. It was so scary, but I knew what to do. It's amazing how quickly my instincts kicked in. I called 911 and, while waiting for the EMS to arrive, I performed back blows and abdominal thrusts. Luckily, I was able to dislodge the item, and the child was okay in the end."

Answer example

"I recently completed my CPR certification and learned a lot. I know the correct steps to take when a child is choking, and how to modify CPR should the blockage not become dislodged after administering back blows and compressions. I hope never to have to use this training; however, should the situation arise, I am ready to help."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 11/21/2014
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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How would you react if a child was choking?
I am a mother of three the youngest in high school. I have many neices and nephews which I have cared for. I have akso volunteered at school.
I've had the responsibility for the care of infants and young children in many different settings which include babysitting, mothers' helper, nursery caregiver at a church, and Sunday School assistant teacher.
Well I know that kids are picky and that they dont Like To be away from there parents. I tope cate of my sister my cousims and Nieces also my baby cousims. Children can be stuborn and rude and disrespectful but if you gibe them some love they will clme arpías.
I have 5 years experience working with children from birth to 2 year olds. I have worked in a classroom setting with various indoor and outdoor activities to develop motor skills, music, circle time for reading skills, manipulatives, science.
Great they are well manner and well behave they are a good kids.
I have been working with preschool age children for 10 years. I also work in the PTO at my child's school, and I also have 3 children of my own. I love kids of all ages and enjoy spending time with them.
I have worked with children since I started babysitting when I was in high school. I have enjoyed watching how children learn and grow.
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