The Best Interview Questions To Ask A Potential Nanny

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I’ve done a few posts about qualities I look for in a potential nanny. However, if you’re interviewing a nanny for the first time, it can’t be daunting to know where to start and what you should ask to elicit the best responses. Below I’ve listed out some of my favorite questions to ask potential candidates. Remember to try to keep the conversation flowing and ask for clarification on any points you don’t understand. Also, be sure to look out for this list of red flags, as those should immediately be of concern. Do other parents have any other questions they think are good to ask? Share with me in the comments!

  • How did you become a nanny? What made you decide to want to be one and how did you get started?
  • Why do you think you’re right for our family?
  • What do you like about being a nanny?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • What is your family like? What is your living situation like?
  • How do you think past employers would describe you?
  • What are your safety and first aid qualifications?
  • What would you do in case of an emergency?
  • What age children are you most comfortable working with? What are your experiences with different ages and multiple children at a time?
  • How do you like to communicate throughout the day? Are you open to recording simple notes in a daily log?
  • How would you describe your style of working with kids? Are you hands on? More authoritative?
  • What is your general childcare philosophy?
  • What are your thoughts and strategies on discipline?
  • How would you handle _______ situation? (Ask them to guide you through a few scenarios. For example, how would you handle a temper tantrum in the middle of a crowded store?)
  • What are your expectations for this job as compared to your last one?
  • What do you know about the area? Do you know people in the area? Do you feel comfortable getting around the neighborhood and could find activities throughout the day for children?
  • Can you tell me the best child you ever took care of and then one whose behavior wasn’t so great?
  • Have there been certain parenting styles you feel you can’t work well with?
  • What have been your specific duties at previous jobs? What have you done in terms of errands and housework? Do you feel comfortable making playdates for the kids? Are there things you have been asked to do previously that you don’t feel comfortable with?
  • What are you looking for in a potential employer?
  • If you were hiring a nanny for your child, what would be the most important things you would look for?
  • What is your availability like? How flexible is your schedule? Are you OK with travel?
  • How will you handle transportation to and from work? Are you someone who can consistently be on time? Do you have any special circumstances or illnesses or ongoing family issues that you feel I should know about?
  • How do you feel about spending the night occasionally? How would you feel about switching the occasional night for other days off?
  • Would you sign a confidentiality agreement?
  • How have you typically been paid – on or off the books – and how would you prefer to be paid?
  • What are you salary expectations and what are you comfortable with in terms of hours per week and weeks per year?
  • Why do you want this job? (This is a good last question)

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