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Interview Questions To Ask Your New Nanny

Choosing the right caregiver for your children, from a pool of prospective candidates can be a difficult and daunting task, after all, anyone who spends a great deal of time with your children is going to have a significant influence on their upbringing so this is a decision you want to feel absolutely certain about.

Discipline & The Importance Of Consistency

One important topic to cover with any prospective caregiver is their philosophy when it comes to discipline. It is important that a Nanny shares similar values as the child’s parents in terms of dealing with discipline issues so that the child, or children may benefit from a consistent message from all of the adults who are responsible for taking care of them.

Narrowing The Field

Time is precious and with this in mind, many parents find it useful to narrow the field prior to having any face-to-face interviews, by conducting the first stage of the interview process over the phone.

This approach allows you to decide which applicants are the most promising and avoids wasting your time in a lengthier interview in person with an unsuitable candidate. Take care to let the candidate do the majority of the talking when conducting any interview as this way you will learn more about them. It is always useful to have a list of questions in front of you when conducting an interview to help you separate the good candidates from the great ones.

Take inspiration from the list of sample questions below, to help you create a list of questions that you would like to ask your prospective Nanny, in order to find the best match for your family. Keep in mind that with a role as important as this one, there is no such thing as too many questions!

Gauging Personality

  • What is it that first prompted you to become a Nanny?
  • What is it that appeals to you about this particular position?
  • Which qualities do you consider most important in a Nanny?
  • What do you look for in a potential employer?
  • If you were a parent in the process of hiring a new Nanny, what qualities would you be looking for?
  • What are the reasons that prompted you to leave your previous Nanny positions?
  • For you, what are the most challenging aspects of being a Nanny?
  • How do you go about encouraging the children you work with to bond with you?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

Questions Relating To Background, Training & Experience:

  • Tell me about any qualifications and training you have that compliment your skills as a Nanny
  • Do you have an up to date CPR, or first aid qualification?
  • Do you have a valid driving licence?
  • Are you a member of any Nanny associations?
  • Describe the most challenging experience in your career as a Nanny so far
  • Do you have an up to date DBS check?

Questions Relating To Care Giving

  • How much screen time do you feel is appropriate for the children in your care?
  • How do you handle temper tantrums?
  • What kind of educational activities do you like to engage children in?
  • What sort of creative activities do you enjoy doing with the children in your care?

Finding The Ideal Match

Providing you have the right questions prepared prior to your interview and you take care to listen very carefully to all of the answers given, you have the best possible chance of getting an accurate insight of the Nannies you interview and subsequently employing the very best match for you and your family.

The questions listed above ought to provide you with an excellent starting point for creating your own list of questions that you feel comfortable with.

February 15, 2016

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