Interview Tips for the Nannies and/or Child Care Specialists

BE PREPARED
Get as much information on the position as possible before your interview. You should have a reasonable understanding about the job and requirements.  It is also a good idea to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the family as it shows that you have a genuine interest in the position and their family.

BE ON TIME
Be on time or even a few minutes early for the scheduled interview. Reliability is an important quality for a nanny job and excuses will only create an impression of disorganization. Arriving late can ruin your chances before you have even begun.

MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
First impressions last and so making a good first impression is the most important thing. Shake hands, introduce yourself, be positive and most importantly SMILE!

BE POLITE
Use your manners at all times throughout the interview. You are interviewing for a nanny position, therefore parents look at you as a potential role model for their children.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY 
Your appearance should be clean, smart and professional.  Have your hair clean and pulled back off your face. Make sure your nails are short and without bright nail polish. If you have piercings, take them out, and if you have tattoos, make sure they are not visible. Keep in mind also that you may also be meeting the children, therefore make sure what you are wearing is also comfortable and child-friendly.

TALK A LOT
Do not answer questions with a simple yes or no, the family are trying to get to know you so the important thing is to be honest in your answers. Avoid using the words “umm” and “ah”, speak clearly and use proper language. Most importantly always tell the truth, honesty is important when starting a relationship with a potential employer.

INTERACT WITH THE CHILDREN
If the children are there, do not ignore them. Make eye contact and ask simple questions such as their name and age. Showing your love for children and a desire to build a relationship is what parents want to see when interviewing a potential care

ASK QUESTIONS
You should know as much as possible about the position that you are going for. Asking questions about the nanny job shows that you are keen and interested. Below is a list of topics that you should cover:

DUTIES
Discuss what will be expected of you as a nanny. Is there housework involved or will you only be looking after the children. Who is responsible for disciplining the child/ren and discuss what methods will be used. What specific things should you do with the children. Eg. English lessons, helping with homework, transporting them to and from school etc.

WORKING HOURS
Discuss the amount of hours you will be required to work per week, on which days, and how much flexibility is needed/granted. Discuss about your salary, the amount, and how often you will be paid. Also discuss any overtime or babysitting.

HOLIDAYS
Discuss about when the family go on holiday, if you are required to travel with them or not. You should also discuss your own holidays, if there is a certain period in which the family would like you to take them or if it is flexible. DO NOT, however, ask for holidays or time off in advance.

ACCOMMODATION 
For live-in nannies usually a room or separate apartment is provided. You should discuss what the arrangement will be and ask if you can see the accommodation.

 

BE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why did you select this line of work?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • What was your last job like?
  • What did you enjoy most about your last nanny job?
  • What did you dislike most about your last nanny job?
  • What do you think children like the best about you?
  • What sort of activities did you do with children in your care?
  • What do you consider the most challenging part of being a nanny?
  • Why do you think you are suited to this nanny job?
  • What is your view on discipline?
  • How would you handle a temper tantrum?
  • What would you do if my child was seriously hurt?
  • What would you do if my child has a fever?
  • What is your family background and what did you do in your early years. What drove you to become a nanny?
  • Which qualities do you think are important in a nanny?
  • What do you like most about being a nanny?
  • Do you have any future plans (attending school, moving, having children of your own) that would affect how long you can stay with this job?
  • Do you feel that you are organized, efficient, creative, resourceful, flexible? Please give examples.
  • Do you have any health problems I should know about?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Can you cook? Do you like to cook and bake?
  • What was your last job and why did you leave it?
  • What were the two best and worst parts of the job?
  • What are the ages of the children you’ve cared for?
  • Have you had (or are you willing to get) baby first-aid training?
  • How do you feel about preparing bottles of expressed milk?
  • How do you feel about not watching TV with my baby?
  • Do you feel that a routine is important for children?
  • What are your views on discipline?
  • What do you think a baby my child’s age needs most?
  • Can you describe the things you might do during the day with my baby? How about when he/she’s older and more active?
  • How would you discipline a child my baby’s age? What would you do if she, say, keeps pulling your hair after you’ve said no?
  • What would you do if my baby had a fever? What if she fell and became unconscious?
  • What would you do in any of the following situations? Choking, Burn, Bad cut, Blow to the head, High fever
  • What are your views on safety for example in the car, out walking, around cleaning supplies and medicines?
  • Do you have any questions or anything you’d like to bring up with me?

FEEDBACK
Always give a feedback to the agency after an interview with a family. We are here to help you, give you advice, and find a compromise between you and the family.