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Nanny interview questions

17 May 2017

To learn more about your potential nanny, ask her questions such as the following during the nanny interview, and phrase them in a way that they require more than a yes or no answer.

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What was your last job and why did you leave it?
  • What do you think a baby my child’s age needs most?
  • How do you see yourself spending the day with a baby this age?
  • When my baby starts getting more active and into mischief, how will you handle it?
  • How do you discipline young children?
  • How will you get to work on a daily basis? In bad weather?
  • How long do you envision staying in this job?
  • Do you have children of your own?
  • Do you have any health issues?

Points to consider

During your nanny interview and throughout the trial period, take note of the following;

  • Did the candidate arrive for the interview well groomed and neatly dressed?
  • Does she have a sense of orderliness that is compatible with your own?
  • Does she seem reliable and on time?
  • Is she physically capable of handing a job?
  • Does she seem good with the children?
  • Does she seem intelligent?
  • Are you comfortable with her?

It’s important to priorities your family’s needs and then look for a nanny with the right skillsThere is no such thing as the perfect nanny.

References are important to check up on. Qualities to look for are a good attitude, honesty, reliability, shows initiative and a willingness to communicate and do the tasks the mother’s way. Her work ethic and attitude. Skills can always be taught. Remember to trust your gut instinct when making your choice.