What to ask a nanny

Interviewing a nanny is no easy task. If you think about it, there is actually a lot at stake, especially for the wellbeing of your kids, so asking the right questions in order to find the right fit is crucial.

You may believe that interviewing a nanny is laid back and informal but even though you’re doing this at the comfort of your own home or just a cafe, you need to be organized and prepared with your list of questions to ensure that you don’t miss out on all the important information you need to be aware of before making a decision.

Some do it in one go and some decide to split up the interview in a few sessions in order to get a more in-depth vibe of each other. While we would recommend the second format, it be more time consuming but it would give you more hints about the nanny you’re close to hire.

Moreover, when it comes to interview a nanny or a maid, who will look after your children, it is important to ask the right questions. We have listed the most crucial ones, right here.

The basics

It is essential that you get to know the basics about your potential nanny because this is where a lot of matters get clarified. This is like getting to know someone at a personal level. This will help you understand how they are generally like as a person in and out of their job.

Examples:

  • Where did you grow up and tell me about your family background.
  • What do you do on your free time?
  • What short-term and long-term goals do you have?
  • What do you think are the best things you bring to the table?
  • What skills do you think you need to improve on?

The background

These questions will help you see if the nanny has the right skills, experience and education level you need. You will need to find a nanny that you think will be competent enough to get the job done so you can have the peace of mind knowing that you’re leaving your child to someone you can trust.

Examples:

  • How did you start becoming a nanny? What do you like best about it?
  • How long have you been doing this?
  • What trainings did you take that are related to child care?
  • Are there any other relevant experiences in life that helped him/her to be a successful nanny?
  • How would you handle a medical emergency?

Child Rearing Views

Your child will spend countless hours with that nanny and if you both have different views on discipline and how to raise a child, then it is going to be very tough for you to work together to raise a well-rounded kid. You need to find someone that has the same views as you so you don’t clash and confuse your child.

Examples:

  • What is your philosophy in caring for and raising a child?
  • What do you think is the most challenging part of caring for a child?
  • What are your views on discipline? How would you discipline a child at this age (state your kid’s age)?
  • What will you do if the child is being difficult?
  • How would you react if the child do not listen to you?

The practicals

This is where you talk about the nitty-gritty part of the job. You have to find out whether the job actually works for your nanny’s schedule and other personal commitments in order to avoid practical issues later on. For example, if they have to take care of an old parent in the morning, expect that you will not be able to count on them during those hours.

Examples:

  • What schedule will best work for you?
  • Would you be available for some overtime work or working on the weekends? How about possibilities for overnight stays?
  • Are there any chores you’d be comfortable doing occasionally and how will that affect your salary expectation?
  • Do you have any diet restrictions we need to be aware of?
  • Are there any physical activities you’re restricted to do?

These are examples of questions that can serve as a guide when you are interviewing a nanny. Remember that before you start interviewing, you’ll need to prepare a list. Add more questions relevant to your situation and the age of your child, for instance, about the cooking and the activity the nanny will organize during your kids free-time. The more you know about your potential caregiver, the better equipped you will be in making that important decision.

 

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