For many employees, job interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, they don't have to be. If you don't know where to begin, start by writing out a series of questions you want to ask the staffing agency or family. Here are some questions you should ask during your interview.
1. How has this position evolved over time?
This question depends on the type of position you are applying for. You may find a family once only had nannies perform basic duties such as watching over the kids, driving them to sports practice or feeding them dinner. However, now, the same family wants to find a nanny who can also tutor on the weekends or establish a weekly activities schedule.
2. How will you measure a candidate's success over "x" amount of time?
Asking this question accomplishes two things. First, it shows the staffing agency and family you are a forward thinker who takes initiative. Second, it allows you to better gauge what's expected of you if hired. Understanding how to meet and exceed expectations is vitally important to how you perform.
3. Is this a new role that has been created?
If you're applying to be an assistant for a family, you'll want to know if they've had previous assistants or if this is a new role. Knowing this can help you set expectations. If a family has had a history of personal assistance, they might have a well thought out plan for how they'd like to work with you. For a new family, there might be a steeper learning curve.