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How to successfully and confidently Interview a Nanny.

Updated: Mar 8, 2021


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Real Nannies endeavours to make every part of hiring a nanny stress free. We are always on hand to help you with any questions you might have regarding interviews, but here are some tips and tricks to help you conduct a successful first interview.

1. Tell the nanny about you and your family and tell them what the job role involves.

Describe start date, hours/days of work, responsibilities (preparing meals etc,) routines, medical issues. Discuss how you will decide holidays and salary. Give the nanny a real good idea of day to day life in this position.

2. Move on to the nanny’s experience and questions.

Check all the basic requirements are in place – DBS, first aid, written references, right to work in the UK etc. Give the candidate time to ask lots of questions - they’re interviewing you too! It’s important to see how the nanny interacts with your children too, but if possible, avoid having them around for the whole conversation.

3. Next it’s question time:

The most important skill in interviewing is to choose questions that will allow you to hear more than just what the nanny thinks you want to hear. Think about three types of questions: fact finding questions, open questions, and scenario questions.

Start with fact finding questions, usually guided by their CV, these will help you get your bearings.

· So, you were with this family for a year, what age were the children when you started?

· What days/hours did you work for this family? What were your responsibilities relating to the children and the house?

· Can you explain what this qualification means?

Next up are open questions, these will give you a better insight into who your nanny really is.

· In your last role, you looked after 3 children of different ages. What did a typical day look like for you?

· It says here you used to meal plan and cook for the children, what did a typical week of food look like?

And finally, scenarios, these will help you understand how quick thinking your nanny might be.

· How would you cope with little Johnny here having a tantrum on the way to nursery?

· How do you find activities in a new area?

4. Ask the nanny if they have any questions. Once you feel the interview is over and you have covered everything, bring the interview to a close and clearly tell the nanny the next steps you intend to take.

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