Interview questions are key to figuring out whether you’re a good fit but knowing what questions to ask in a nanny job interview is easier said than done. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. This list comes courtesy of Britney Fredrickson, our podcast guest of the week. Britney specializes in nanny shares, but these questions can apply to any situation.
- Tell me about yourself. What do each of you do for work? Do you work from home, if applicable.
- What does your child’s day look like? Schedules, activities, etc.
- How do they nap? How do they sleep at night? Are they held, rocked, swayed to sleep? In their bed or yours?
- Are they good eaters? Do you find they need help eating a balanced diet? Are you open to suggestions there?
- What is your parenting philosophy (asked even of newborn parents, you’d be surprised the answers they give!)
- How do you, or how will you, discipline?
- Are you ok with outings? Can I drive your child? Can we leave town to go to the zoo, museum, etc?
- Would you like me to make baby food (which I love to do!), and/or do the food shopping for the kids?
- What are you looking for in a nanny? Hours needed, date nights, overnights, etc. Picking up older siblings, homework help, meal prep, etc
- Has your child been cared for by outsiders before? Church nursery, other nannies, babysitters, out-of-town family members? Am I the first new caregiver?
- Do you have family nearby? DO you have a backup list of caregivers?
- What benefits are you prepared to offer your nanny? RE: eating your food, vacay and sick pay, paid holidays
- Are you prepared to pay me for unused time? If you come home early, I need to know that I still get paid as if you hadn’t. Call it a salary, call it a flat fee pay rate, but I need guaranteed pay for guaranteed hours.
- What, if any, issues or challenges would you like me to address? Behavioral issues? Eating, sleeping, etc.
- Any other questions or concerns you can foresee?
We recommend sitting down before the interview and writing out what your answers would be to these questions. It’s important to have clear ideas about what you want to get out of a nanny situation and who you will be compatible with going into the interview.
It’s also important to follow up after the interview. “I always tell parents to text or email if they need clarity or an answer to an unasked question later that night as they talk it over,” Britney advises.
It’s important to remember that an interview is an open-ended discussion, not a checklist. Keep your ears open and if new questions come to mind while you’re listening, ask them.
“So much of the interview is a flowing conversation, but these pretty much get asked every time,”said Britney. “The philosophy question tells me more about them than all the rest combined.”
If you want to learn more about how to prep for nanny job interviews, check out our Professional Nanny Class. The class focuses on the basics of what you need to know to build a career as a nanny.
To hear more from Britney, check out this week’s podcast interview. Let us know what questions you like to ask potential nanny families in the questions below.