Interviewing a nanny

How to interview nannies

Once you've shortlisted some candidates, it's time to start meeting some nannies. Depending on your timeline, you may choose to run screening interviews over the phone or at a cafe. When you've narrowed it down to a few candidates, you'll meet them in your home with your family.

Keep in mind that an experienced nanny will likely meet with multiple families, so it's a good idea to have more than one option and to use the time to sense what it might be like to work together.

Some helpful questions include: 

* What do you enjoy most about working with children? 

* What are you looking for in your next family? 

* Do you have a routine that you like work to? 

* What are your favourite things to do with this age group? 

* Tell me about your last nanny job. What were the positives? Were there any difficulties? How did you work through these? 

* What have you learned from your work with families? 

* What do you consider to be your strengths? 

* What are your plans for the next year or so? 

* What is your childcare philosophy? 

* Where do you draw inspiration from? 

* Do you work with other families? If so, when? 

* When are you available to work with us? 

* Do you have any changes to availability coming up? 

* Do you have any questions for us? 

It's also important to view the nanny's Working with Children Check and First Aid Certificate.