Best interview questions to ask a nanny
When you interview a potential nanny, it’s important you get a real understanding of who they are and how capable they are. If successful, they will be an integral part of your daily life and the inner workings of your family – it’s a highly personal job, so asking the right questions is essential!
Drafting up a question list ensures you cover everything and give yourself the best possible chance of understanding whether they’d be a good fit for your family. Being prepared and thorough can also help the interview flow better for both you and the nanny.
Here are some questions to consider asking a potential nanny:
Questions about their nannying style
Your nanny is likely to be spending a lot of time with your children, so it’s important their approach to caregiving aligns with yours – these questions will help you to gauge that.
-What do you think are the qualities needed to be a good nanny?
-What is your favourite thing about being a nanny?
-What is your least favourite about being a nanny?
-What is your approach to discipline?
-How do you feel about children watching television or playing video games?
-What are your favourite activities to do with children?
-What sort of books would you recommend for our children?
-What outdoor activities would you do?
Questions about their education and experience
These questions will help you gauge what the nanny has done before and whether their experience is enough for the role.
-How long have you worked as a nanny?
-What has been your best childcare job?
-Do you have any childcare qualifications?
-Are you Ofsted-registered?
-Do you have First Aid training, and if so, when was it last updated?
-Do you have a valid CRB/DBS check?
Questions about the role
These questions will help you to get more specific and assess not only how well the nanny fits the role, but also how the role suits the nanny.
-How flexible is your schedule?
-What is your approach to planning meals for the week?
-When you consider a job offer, what qualities do you look for in a family to decide whether it’s a good fit?
-Describe a typical day at work for you.
-Do you have transport?
These questions can be used to gain a better understanding of the nanny as a person.
-Have you always wanted to work with children?
-Why did you decide to become a nanny?
-What are your hobbies?
Remember – this list doesn’t cover everything you may want to know before you hire a nanny. Be specific and tailor questions to your situation, but also remember to be thorough to get a well-rounded idea of who your potential nanny is as a person.
If you’re not at the interview stage yet and are still on the look out for a nanny, check out our article on ways to find a nanny. You can also fill out our online form and we’ll send your request to nanny agencies in your area!