Interviewing a new caretaker for your baby can be stressful. We've put together a comprehensive list of questions to make the process easier for you.
- What are her qualifications?
- Why did she leave her last placement?
- What did she love about her job?
- What didn't she like about it?
- What is her least-favorite part about working with children in general?
- Is there an age-range with which she is most comfortable?
- Can she provide references?
- Will she give you permission to conduct an extensive background check?
- Does she know first aid or have any emergency training or other certifications?
- Has she ever taught or volunteered at a school?
- What non-nanny jobs has she held?
- Does she have children of her own? How about younger siblings?
- What are her hobbies?
- What are her other related (and unrelated) skills?
- What are her pet peeves?
- Does she like pets?
- Why did she decide to become a nanny?
- How does she discipline?
- Has she ever had to discipline a child? Why and how did she handle it?
- What would she do in an emergency? (List different scenarios.)
- What is the most difficult situation she's ever been in with a child? What was the outcome?
Your Family's Requirements
- If you're considering nanny-sharing, is she open to that?
- Is she willing to do light housework? Cooking?
- Does she have her own car? (If so, check her driving record.)
- Is she willing to run errands? With or without your child?
- Will she pick your child up at school?
- Is she willing to go on vacation with you?
- What sort of a time committment is she looking for, day-to-day? How about in the long term?
- Are there any questions she has for you to answer?