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The interview is a two way process where you and the prospective Nanny can exchange information and most importantly, find out if you get along and whether you could work together. Your first impressions are very important so don’t ignore your instincts or your children’s reactions towards the prospective Nanny. Throughout the interview remind yourself that you may have to work closely with them, leave your children in their care and maybe live with them in your house, so you must like, trust and feel comfortable with them.
Before the Interview
There are a number of things you will have to think about before you start interviewing. These will include:
Structuring the Interview
A structured interview allows all points to be covered with each applicant, so you should have at least a rough agenda in mind, before starting the interview. This should include the following:
Sample Interview questions
Listed below are some questions that could be included in an interview. These are provided as a guideline only. The questions should be open ended to allow the nanny to discuss and provide an explanation. Try to avoid questions, which result in a yes or no answer, also avoid starting a question with “Don’t you think that…” as this normally means “I think….” and loads the question. If you are interviewing a lot of applicants it is best to make notes as you go along so you don’t forget who said what.
Introducing the Children
It is important to introduce the most suitable prospective nanny to the children before making the final decision. Decide whether to bring them in for part of the interview or arrange a more informal second interview to observe the interaction between the children and the nanny as you will learn a lot about them from the children’s reaction and the way they approach them. It is not advisable to have the children present for the whole interview since this may be distracting.
It is strongly advisable for you to speak to the referees directly. Points to consider include:
Interview Summary & Evaluation Check List
There is clearly a lot to remember when you interview prospective applicants for the position. Many people will wish to take notes during the interview or make brief notes immediately after, other people will just go with their natural instincts and recruit the person they felt most comfortable with. Whatever method you choose has to suit you, the main importance is to be consistent in you assessment of each applicant. You may want to create a brief assessment check list which you can tick off during or after the interview. The following check list may help you ensure each candidate is being assessed consistently.
In each category you should rate the candidate as follows:-
In cases where there is a lack of sufficient information, leave the section blank.
Before Making the offer
Think carefully as to whether the person is right for your family.
Would you feel entirely happy leaving the children in their care? Would the children feel happy to be left with them?
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