Nanny Interview Tips
The Nanny interview is the most important step to obtaining employment
with your future employer. Here are some tips to make the most of your
Show up on time
Being prompt for your first interview with the prospective family is
crucial when making a good first impression. Forgetting the interview
time, getting lost when looking for the house, or no-showing altogether
usually ruin your chances completely. It is a good idea to set a reminder
for yourself regarding the interview date and time, and call to confirm
with the employer. If you are not familiar with the neighbourhood, take a
test drive the day before so that you will be able to find it quickly on
the interview day.
Dress for Success
First impressions are very important, and how you present yourself is key.
Ensure you are dressed professionally and are neatly groomed. This will
not only boost your confidence, but will boost your points in the
interview. By taking the time to look your best shows the family that you
are serious about getting the job and you are willing the make the extra
efforts to impress them.
Meet the children
If possible try to meet the children on your interview day. Take the time
to get down on their level and talk or play briefly with the children. Too
often the nanny is focused on the actual “interview” that they forget to
interact with the children. The prospective employer looks for this
interaction during interview, and failing to make the connection with the
children can result in not being hired.
Think about the questions you may be asked and the answers you would like
to give. Prepare questions that you would like to ask the family as well.
Questions you may be asked are:
Why did you leave your previous job?
Describe your previous experience with the children and family
What type of salary and benefits are you expecting?
Are you able to work overtime if needed?
Did you ever have disagreements with the previous family? If so how did
you resolve this?
Questions you may ask the family are:
What are the ages of the children?
Are there any special needs or requirements of the children?
What types of activities do the children enjoy?
What are the daily duties, hours, routines and responsibilities involved?
For live-in positions ask to see the Nanny living quarters
Accepting a Job Offer
When accepting a job offer from a prospective family, ensure you are clear
about the schedule, and daily responsibilities required. Always get a
contract in writing detailing the job and pay description. Topics that
should be discussed in advance are:
Live-in accommodations (if applicable)
Breaks, free time
Use of family vehicle
Do not agree to work unless you are clear on the job description. Read the
contract carefully, and sign when you are ready to accept employment. If
you have questions regarding pay, taxes or benefits, contact our office