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      Nanny Interview Questions for Parents

      Interviewing for a nanny position can be a daunting prospect. However, if you are well-prepared, the meeting should generally run smoothly. The following advice should help you in feeling more comfortable with the interview process and increase your chances of being successful.

      Personality

      • Can you tell me about yourself?
      • Can you tell me about your family background and childhood?
      • How would your friends describe you?
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      • How would you describe your lifestyle?
      • What do you enjoy during your free time?

      Being a nanny

      • Why did you choose to work as nanny?
      • How long have you been a nanny?
      • Why do you enjoy working with children?
      • What do you like/dislike most about being a nanny?
      • What qualities make you unique compared to other nannies?
      • What is your ideal family/employer?

      Experience

      • Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training? Tell me what you liked about it.
      • Do you have a First-Aid Certificate?
      • What ages of children have you worked with?
      • Would you mind if I checked your references?
      • What was your last childcare experience?
      • Was your previous position a sole charge position?
      • Why did you leave your last job?
      • What did you like/dislike most about the job?
      • What difficulties have you experienced as a nanny with parents or children and how were they resolved?
      • Why do you have a gap between x and y date? (to check unexplained gaps)

      Dealing with children

      • What are your childcare philosophies?
      • What do children like best about you?
      • How do you comfort children? (e.g. separation anxiety or a crying baby)
      • What are your views about discipline and how do you exercise it? Please give some examples.
      • Would you be willing to follow my rules on comforting/disciplining children even if they are different from yours?
      • How do you teach good manners to children?

      Routines and child development

      • How do you feel about routine?
      • Have you cared for a baby before? What do you think routines should be for my baby at his/her age?
      • Have you got experience of potty training and how do you handle that?
      • What are your views on nutrition?
      • Do you enjoy cooking?
      • What would you cook for my child?
      • What type of activities do you organise with children in your care?
      • What would a typical day be like?
      • What type of activities would you organise with a child the age of mine?
      • How much time a day do you think it is appropriate for a child to watch television?
      • What types of books do you like to read to children?
      • How do you feel about education?
      • How do feel about supervising my child’s homework?

      Coping with emergencies and stress

      • Have you ever been confronted with an emergency situation in your previous job? If so, how did you respond?
      • What would you do if my child had an accident?
      • What would you do if my baby choked on his/her food?
      • How would you cope with a child crying all day because he/she is sick?

      Other questions

      • How long can you commit to stay in the position?
      • What are your future plans and goals?
      • What are your GROSS salary expectations?
      • Do you have a car in good functioning order and is it safe?
      • Where do you live and how would you get to work? (if the candidate seeks a live-out position)
      • What is your time keeping like?
      • How many sick days have you had in the last year?
      • Would you expect meals to be provided or would you bring your own food?
      • Are you a non-smoker?
      • Would you be happy to do light household tasks whilst the baby is sleeping?
      • Do you have any personal matters or health issues which could prevent you from carrying out duties?
      • Do you have a partner or friends that would possibly visit?
      • When would you be available?
      • Are you willing to work additional hours, baby-sitting, evenings and weekends?
      • Would you be happy to come on holiday with us?
      • When would like to go on holiday?