You’ve decided that you need a nanny to look after your most treasured possession: your child! You’re worried because you want to find the best person possible for the job, and that’s super normal!
Hiring a nanny might be time-consuming and stressful, but you must dedicate for it enough time to make sure you’re making the right decision!
How to interview a nanny?
Let it be a face-to-face interview between you (and your partner) and the nanny.
Make sure the nanny is relaxed; she might be shy and might not show you the best of her if nervous. Offer her a glass of water and ask some general questions: that will make her feel relaxed.
Tell the nanny about the position and about your children. Discuss her role in details (hours, salary, start date, duties, holidays, etc.).
Ask the nanny a list of questions relating to her abilities to take care of a child.
List of questions to ask the nanny:
How long have you been a nanny?
Why did you become a nanny?
Why did you leave your last job and how long were you there for?
Do you have experience with children the same age as mine?
Do you have a first aid certificate?
Do you have any children of your own?
Name six activities that my children might be doing on any day if you were their nanny.
What difficulties have you experienced as a nanny with parents or children and how were they resolved?
How would you approach a parent if you were worried about anything?
How do you discipline children? Give me an example of a previous discipline problem and how you handled it.
Take your time on deciding, who’s the best candidate for being your child’s nanny; this might be one of the most important decisions you’ll make! It is also important to let your children meet the potential nanny. You might not tell them from the start that she might become their nanny, just watch how they interact with each other!