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How to prepare for your interview with a nanny

Are you preparing to interview a nanny for an open position? You want to make sure you're well-prepared. Here are two things you should consider doing to ensure the interview process goes smoothly and you extract the information you need to make an informative decision.

1. Prepare
Well before you sit down with a nanny, call the staffing firm and ask for the candidate's resume, if you haven't received it. Examine the document closely, and write down questions you'll ask the candidate, Here are some you may consider asking, as suggested by Care.com:

  • What is your favorite age to care for, and why?
  • What kind of medical experience do you have? (Or, if the resume notes their experience, which it should, follow up and ask how they felt their training went.)
  • Could you describe some of the problems you've had while nannying and how you overcame them?
  • Why do you love nannying?
  • What are your top three strengths and weaknesses? How do you think these strengths and weaknesses could play a role in your ability to effectively nanny my children?

After creating questions, practice asking them with a friend or family member. And yes, just because you're not the one being interviewed, it doesn't mean you shouldn't practice. You don't want to forget anything when the real interview session takes place.

2. Be prepared to answer questions
The candidate is likely to have questions of her own, so it's important to prepare for them as best as possible. You obviously won't know what she'll ask, but write down common questions you think will be brought up. Some of these might include:

  • What will my schedule look during the week?
  • What will my tasks include?
  • What would you like me to accomplish?
  • What kind of problems may I encounter? And what kind of support will I be given to overcome them?

If you're looking for domestic jobs and to work with a domestic staffing agency, contact Colonial Domestic Agency today!