A well-structured interview
Finding the perfect nanny for your precious little ones can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking process. As parents, you want someone who will not only provide exceptional care but also form a genuine connection with your children.
While a well-structured interview and a thorough review of qualifications and experience are crucial, it's essential not to underestimate the value of a relaxed atmosphere and trusting your instincts during the hiring process.
Creating an environment where both you and the nanny can feel at ease allows for more authentic interactions, providing valuable insights into how well they might fit into your family dynamic. So, as you embark on this journey to find the ideal caregiver, embrace the relaxed atmosphere of the interview and remember that sometimes, when it feels right, it truly is the perfect fit for your family.
Example interview questions
What ages of children have you particularly enjoyed caring for? Why?
What do you think the children you have cared for would say about you?
How would you describe your personality?
What attracted you to this role in particular?
Are there any elements of this role that you are unsure of?
What would you say are your main strengths and weaknesses?
What would you do if there was an emergency or a similar situation where your initiative would be needed?
What would be your ideal day with my child/children?
What would you do on a rainy day?
How do you manage phone/social media use during your working day?
How might you spend the day with my child? Can you provide examples of activities you would plan?
Are you a confident cook for children's meals? What are your favourite dishes to prepare for kids?
How do you handle fussy eaters and encourage them to try new dishes? How do you plan meals?
Why are you looking to leave your current position?
Punctuality is important to us; how do you feel about the hours of this role and the journey to and from work?
My child will be commencing Nursery/pre-school/reception – how can you support/prepare her for this?
What advice would you give to help the children with the transition period of having a nanny?
How will you juggle the demands of two children with different developmental needs?
How well do you know the area? Are there any groups, parks, etc., that you enjoy?
Communication is vital to us; what have you found to be the best way to keep us informed throughout the day?
How would you encourage positive behaviour? What methods have worked best for you in your previous roles?
Is there anything you wish you could change in your current role?
Are you happy to complete nursery duties and clean up after the children throughout the day? Is there anything you are not comfortable doing?
What are the top three things we should do as employers to keep our nanny happy?
How do you manage screen time and encourage other activities for the children?
Do you have nanny friends in the area with similar-aged children?
Can you provide a good balance of activities for the children?
How confident are you with helping children with homework?
Do you know the area well? Where do you currently take your charges for outings and activities?
Are you still in touch with previous families? Can you tell us about your favourite experience with a previous family and why?
Are you seeking a long-term position? Where do you see yourself in five years?