Nanny interview questions

What To Ask Nannies At Interviews

What questions to ask a Nanny in a interview…

If you are looking to interview a Nanny it is always useful to have your questions prepared in advance. To help you Totally Childcare have listed the following questions you may like to ask at the interview.

  1. Ask about family background – parents, brothers and sisters.
  2. Where did you spend your early years?
  3. Why did you choose to become a Nanny?
  4. What do you consider are your qualities with regard to looking after children?
  5. What is your current position and why do you want to leave?
  6. Tell me about your previous jobs and why you left each one?
  7. Have you ever had a period of unemployment & why?
  8. What are you looking for in your next position?
  9. Why do you enjoy looking after children?
  10. How would you entertain them on a day-to-day basis?
  11. How would you keep them occupied on a long wet day?
  12. What artistic/creative talents do you have?
  13. Can you cook?
  14. What would you cook for children aged 0-1 and 2-5?
  15. Could you help my child with weaning, table manners, potty training,
    reading and writing?
  16. Are you trained in First Aid? What would you do in the case of:
    • Bad cuts
    • Burns
    • Blow to the head
    • Choking
    • High fever
  17. How do you see your role in disciplining my child/children?
  18. What household tasks are you happy to perform? (e.g. nursery duties only, light housework, ironing, cooking)
  19. Are you happy to baby-sit? Would you expect to be paid extra for this?
  20. When did you pass your driving test? (ask to see the driving license)
  21. Have you had any accidents?
  22. Are you able to drive an automatic car?
  23. What type of car do you have?
  24. Does it have rear seat belts?
  25. What type of insurance do you have? (fully comprehensive / 3rd party)
  26. Have you got insurance for taking employers’ children in your car?
  27. Do you understand that smoking and/or drinking alcohol is not permitted at work?
  28. When would you be available to start a new position?
  29. What salary are you seeking?
  30. Would you accept the position if it was offered to you?

An in-depth telephone interview between the prospective employer and nanny is extremely important, especially when a face-to-face interview is not possible. A clear understanding of the job is essential for a successful placement. Both nanny and family should prepare a list of questions to ask, and if possible, take notes of all the answers.

  • DISCUSSION OF THE CHILDREN:
A. Names and ages
B. Current developmental stages
C. Personalities
D. Special needs and requirements
E. Hobbies and activities
  • DISCUSSION OF THE FAMILY:
A. Each Parent’s occupation
B. Each Parent’s work schedule
C. Previous nannies employed by the family
D. Religion practiced in home
E. Pets
F. Dietary considerations
 

  • JOB REQUIREMENTS:
A. Starting Date
B. Hours and days of employment
C. Additional hours or flexibility needed
D. Daily schedule
E. Nanny’s job responsibilities
F. Light housekeeping duties (be very specific)
 

  • JOB SPECIFICATIONS:
A. Salary
B. Medical insurance
C. Car usage
D. Holidays and vacation
E. Taxes
F. Overtime compensation
 

  • NANNY LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS:
A. Description of home
B. Where nanny’s bedroom and/or bathroom is situated in house
C. Type of neighborhood
D. Telephone, TV, car and other comforts
E. Availability of public transportation
F. Household rules
 

  • FAMILY/NANNY PHILOSOPHIES WITH REGARD TO CHILDCARE:
A. Discuss nanny’s past childcare experiences
B. Discuss family values
C. Modes of discipline
D. Parenting style

 

Living in a family’s home goes beyond the normal employer/employee relationship. Both nanny and family should feel that their personalities are compatible. Hopefully all of the above question will help you find the right childcare for your family.

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