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Nanny and baby For Nannies: Interview Questions

Steps to successful interviewing

In your attempt to gather information from a prospective employer, below are some sample questions you can ask. You will want to collect as much information as you can to make a sound decision on which job is right for you. We ask that the nanny make a minimum of a one-year commitment, so it is important that you get a feel for the parents' personalities, their child rearing philosophies and the way they run their lives.

  • Prepare a resume including the following items about yourself
    • Objective - for example: To find an in-home child care position where I can support the parents in raising their children.
    • Education
    • Work History in Child Care
    • Volunteer Work
    • Hobbies and Interests
  • Take a copy of your resume to leave at the interview
  • Bring along pictures from your previous child care jobs
  • Have your questions prepared
  • Be prepared to answer questions about yourself (see Questions for Families)
  • Jot down notes while interviewing
  • Ask parents to review your notes confirming you have a clear understanding of the job
  • Write and send a follow-up “thank you” note after the interview

About the Children

  • What activities do they enjoy?
  • Do they have any particular interests or hobbies?
  • Are they involved in any structured activities?
  • Can you describe their personalities?
  • What are their temperaments and moods like?
  • How will they react to a new nanny?
  • What are their schedules?
  • Is there anything they do not enjoy doing?
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About the Parents

  • What are your theories on discipline and limit setting?
  • What are your child-rearing philosophies?
  • How do you see a nanny fitting into your family structure?
  • Where are you from originally? Where do your parents and extended family live?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
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About the Position

  • What are my duties and responsibilities?
  • What would my typical day be like?
  • Do you plan the children's day or do I use my discretion?
  • Do you see the nanny as the one to schedule the doctor appointments, haircuts, and clothes shopping; do we do it as team or is that your domain?
  • May I take the children to out of the home activities or are you more comfortable for us to stay at home and in the neighborhood?
  • What is my schedule? Hours? Days on and days off?
  • How often do you need me to be flexible for over time?
  • If I go out in the evening during my time off, do you want me in at a certain hour? Or may I use my own discretion?
  • How do you feel about my friends coming to visit me in my private quarters?
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Compensation and Benefits

  • I am hoping to make $______ take home (or gross). Is that within your range?
  • What are the possible benefits? (It is fine to tell them what you would like.)
  • What would my room be like? Do I share a full bathroom or do I have a private one?
  • Would a car be available for me to use on my time off?
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About the Neighborhood

  • Tell me about the area you live in.
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