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Parents, you may also want to read the article titled “Interviewing Tips”. This will help you get ready for the in-person interview.
General Sample Interview Questions:
1. Why do you want to be a nanny vs. working at a preschool or day care?
2. What was your last childcare experience like, and why did it end?
3. What was your worst experience with a child and how did you solve it?
4. How did your parents discipline you? Do you agree or disagree with their beliefs? What would you do differently? (more…)
1. Interview and Observation
Explore why this nanny wants to be a nanny. Has she been a nanny before? What makes her interested in your particular job vs. somebody else’s job. How does the nanny feel about working long hours? Being a full time nanny is much different from part time nanny responsibilities, babysitting or working at a pre-school/day care. Is the nanny genuine and sincere? Is she warm, caring, attentive and responsive to your child?
Take enough time to get to know her. Most interviews are at least an hour long. See if she is comfortable with your family and if she is trying to make a connection with your child during the interview. Does she give you a resume, and reference phone numbers? Does she seem organized? (more…)
It is highly recommended that parents initiate a nanny contract (otherwise known as a nanny work agreement) with the nanny upon a conditional job offer. The nanny contract should cover basic issues such as: the days and hours the nanny will be working, the number of children the nanny will be caring for, all responsibilities related to the children as well as other duties, whether or not there are (more…)
1.Does the nanny know how to get a hold of us at all times?
2. Did we write down the nannies hours?
3. Did we confirm the start date?
4. Did we negotiate pay?
5. Does the nanny know exactly what household duties are expected? (more…)
It is important for the nanny to ask their own questions so that they know enough information about the job. They will need to know the answers in order to decide if the job is a good fit.
Here are some general questions that should be asked by the nanny: (more…)
It is essential that as parents you give your new nanny or caregiver important emergency information. They must be able to reach you at all times and they must know important numbers for relatives and neighbors in case of an emergency situation. (more…)