For a successful interview with a nanny candidate, prepare yourself well, ask the right questions, listen well to the answers and also observe the candidate whilst being in the clarity about the areas that matter to you the most and you are on the right track.
We suggest to follow this simple checklist.
1) Prepare yourself. Before the interview, you should have been clear on your new employee criteria, things that matter to you the most and things that you would or would not negotiate on. Go through all the documentation from the candidate and make notes on the areas you would like to hear more.
The following questions that may help you to think through:
- What will be the nanny responsibilities, what are dos, don'ts and where are the areas where nanny can use self-initiatives and own creativity
- What kind of and how much interaction will the nanny have with you?
- What is your budget?
- What are the benefits you would like to achieve with hiring a nanny?
2) Starting the interview. At the beginning of the interview, of course, introduce yourself and your family - be welcoming, approaching and positive. Make a good impression but stay true to yourself. Show your personality to see if you connect. Tell the candidate about the job you are offering and your expectations. Be clear about everything. You would like to see if the candidate ticks everything required and what else they can offer.
3) Questions. In order to get to know the candidate as much as possible, questions should cover nanny candidate's personality, nanny job in general, past childcare experiences, views on childcare, routines for children, dealing in stressful situations, other questions related to the job. It is important to ensure that the candidate understands the role and you should observe how the candidate is responding - is there any uncertainty, negativity, evasiveness, etc.?
A list of some useful questions:
Tell us about yourself? How would your friends describe you?
What are your family background and childhood?
What are your hobbies and interests?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
How do you handle stress?
What motivates you or makes you happy?
What are you future plans and goals?
What are you looking in an employer?
How long have you been a nanny and why did you choose to work as a nanny?
What particular relevant experiences have you gained at your previous roles?
What do you enjoy most about working with children?
How do you differentiate with other nannies?
What types of activities you like to organise for children in your care?
How do you handle a crying child? How do you feel at the time?
How do you discipline a child?
Have you ever been in an emergency situation? How did you handle it?
When you last cared for a child, what types of activities did you engage the child in? Why did you leave?
Did you ever have any difficulties with parents? If so, how did you resolve this?
What do you think is your primary responsibility of my child's age?
What are your views on nutrition? What would you cook for my children?
How would you promote and support my children in education?
How would you teach and encourage my children manners and etiquette?
HOUSEKEEPING (if you require some help)
What do you like about housekeeping?
What is your concept of a clean house?
What are your strengths in your housekeeping job?
What type of food you like to cook?
Are you comfortable with having a (paid) trial with us?
Are you willing to work additional hours and babysitting if/when needed?
How long you could commit to work for us?
Do you have any questions for us?
4) Introduce your baby or children to the candidate and observe the interaction and connection. The children will spend the most time with the child carer after all.
5) Let the candidate know how they did the interview and when you should make a decision.
Ultimately, keep in mind that you wish to take your domestic worker as a partner - as in every relationship, it is important to know each other and build trust. Show your personality and hear the candidate about their life. Talk about expectations clearly early on. In order for the placement to work in the long run, the employment should be set up fair and in a way that will keep you both happy and motivated.