Ask These 37 Nanny Interview Questions

February 20, 2013

Every family is unique and their nannywish lists are very different. Below is a sampling of possible questions that can shape your nanny interview; pick the ones that are most relevant to your situation.

1) General background of the candidate

  • Can you describe your parents' philosophy of raising children?
  • Where did you spend your early years?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  • What are your most significant accomplishments?
  • Do you have a current position and why do you want to leave?
  • What are your expectations for your next position?
  • What are your long-range goals?

2) Attitudes towards children and childcare knowledge

  • Why did you choose to become a nanny?
  • What qualities do you have that make you a good caregiver?
  • What do you enjoy about looking after children?
  • How many years of experience do you have with infants/toddlers?
  • Do you have experience with potty training?
  • What kinds of activities would you do with a (age of your child) year old?  
  • How would you handle a child's crying or a temper tantrum?
  • Are you interested/able in taking the children to programs in the area?
  • When do you think it’s safe for the children to be unsupervised?
  • Are you comfortable/willing to work on homework with the children?
  • Are you willing to supervise play-dates in your child's home?
  • What do you find the most challenging/interesting part of working with children?

3) Talents/Skills of Candidate

  • Do you enjoy reading books to children; name a few favourites.
  • Are you willing/able to sing to a child (jingles,lullabies…)
  • Would you describe yourself as artistic, athletic or both?
  • Are you confident and willing to cook for the chldren?
  • What would you cook for children aged 0-1 and 2-5?
  • Are you trained in First Aid?
  • What would you do in the case of a blow to the head?
  • What would you do if the child is choking?
  • How would you treat a high fever?
  • Do you have a driver’s license? 
  • Are you able to drive a standard or automatic car?
  • Do you have a car (rear seat belts)?
  • What type of insurance do you have? (Fully comprehensive/3rd party?)
  • Would you be willing to do light housework?
  • Would you mind ironing shirts?
  • Would you be willing to cook for the whole family?
  • Are you willing to take out the garbage every week?
  • Do you speak a second language?

4) Employment Details

  • When would you be available to start a new position?
  • What salary are you seeking?
  • Are you willing/able to make a one-year commitment?
  • Can you provide two current references with phone numbers?
  • How do you feel about a trial period;how long should this be?
  • What hours do you expect to work each week?
  • What are your holiday expectations?

5) Concluding Remarks

  • What would you like to say about yourself and this position to conclude this interview?

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