Nanny Interview Questions, Free Printable Checklist

Posted March 7, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, Working Mom / 44 Comments

Preparing for your Nanny Interview

Selecting someone to take care of your children is not an easy feat. You’re typically going to be interviewing strangers, so you have to ask the right questions and get a good feeling about the person you choose to hire. There are some categories of questions you should focus on, and these can give you ideas of additional questions to ask.

Nanny Interview Questions, Free Printable Checklist

General Background Questions

These are the usual starter questions for someone you will interview, so a nanny interview is no different. Ask her about herself, her hobbies and interests. Ask her why she wants to be a nanny, and what interests her about your specific need. Ask her about previous experience caring for children, their ages, and a little about her duties. Is she CPR certified, or willing to get the certification? Has she ever had to handle a medical emergency? Does she have a vehicle and is she willing to drive children to a doctor or hospital if needed? Is she willing to submit to a background check? What does she love about children and what do children love about her? How does she feel about light housekeeping, especially in the areas the children will play? Ask about living arrangements and transportation, if not a live-in nanny. Ask about any health issues and whether the nanny smokes or drinks.

Discuss Your Family’s Specific Needs

I was still pregnant when we were hiring our nanny. We didn’t really know what a typical day would look like post-baby and with me returning to work, so a lot of these questions were general care and not specific to our lifestyle. If you already know what you will need, this is the time to bring it up. Ask what activities the nanny does with babies and toddlers (or other ages as appropriate). Is the nanny willing to adjust her schedule if you have to work late, or leave early for a meeting? Ask her to tell you about a typical day she will have with a baby or a toddler. Is the nanny willing to keep a daily log? Ask her if there is a task she will not do. Ask about her philosophy on raising children. How does she discipline children? How does she comfort them?

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Considerations if You’re Seeking a Live-In Nanny

There are more topics to ask about if you want to hire a live-in nanny like we did. Ask her about her sleeping and eating habits and needs. Find out if she has any pets she wants to bring with her. Ask if she has any family or friends who may visit, and decide how you feel about guests. Does she keep her living area clean and is she quiet? How does she feel about living with a family?

The nanny should have some questions for you, and those might spark other questions as well. If the interview goes well and you feel like you connect with the nanny and she with you, then you should introduce her to the children unless of course, you are still expecting as I was.

Download this Printable Checklist

I have put together a printable checklist of questions that you should ask, and of course, you should add any that you can think of that are specific to your situation. These are just to get you started and get a good conversation going in the interview.

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44 responses to “Nanny Interview Questions, Free Printable Checklist

  1. I can imagine you have to be really thorough when interviewing for a nanny especially a live in one. This is a great checklist and I’m sure someone in a similar position will really benefit from your advice and experience. #KCACOLS

    • Absolutely, it definitely takes thinking about a lot of things, because it is difficult to cover everything until you’ve experienced it. Even now I keep coming up with more topics. Thanks Tracey 🙂

  2. Thank you for this! The printable check list provides so many questions I wouldn’t have even thought of asking. Providing this information is so helpful, and hard to come by. Good job, mama!
    Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you will come back again next Sunday!
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com

  3. This is such great advice for anyone looking for a nanny. I am glad that I have been financially able to stay home with my kids…thinking of them in someone else’s care stresses me out. I don’t even like leaving them with their father sometimes lol jk. Thanks so much for linking with #momsterslink…hope to see you this week!

  4. This is really helpful for parents – a lot of times, when you’re talking to someone, you get sidetracked as you talk (or at least I do!). Having a list helps keep you on track and makes sure you remember the important questions. Thanks so much for making this a printable – very cool!

    • I agree, I really can get side-tracked and wish we’d had asked something but forgot to. Of course, even with a good list we may sometimes come up with other questions later.

  5. Great questions! I know how picky I am just finding a babysitter for short amounts of time, so I can imagine how stressful it can be to look for someone to watch your child for long stretches of time! This is sure to be helpful for those seeking this sort of arrangement!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  6. You did good here. So much to think about when leaving our children in someone else’s care. I like the print out. I was a nanny for five years and the relationship I had with the family will be with me forever.

    • Oh Michelle that’s awesome and I bet you did have a special relationship after 5 years. I would love to have you share your experience in a guest post, let me know if you’re interested 🙂

  7. MMT

    This is a brilliant idea…It is such a huge decision it pays to be prepared in advance.
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub, I’m off to share!

  8. It has to be so difficult to find someone to mesh with your family so well, especially when it’s a live-in nanny! These questions are so great, and I would not have thought of all of those on my own. You are so helpful!

    • Thanks Samantha! It helps to have the questions in advance because I don’t know about you, but I get flustered talking to new people heh. It definitely is difficult finding someone who fits right in with your family, but at least you can find someone you respect and who respects you and your space and just work from there to build a relationship.

    • Thanks Patti! There’s just some general questions you have to get out of the way first before you really can start getting to know the applicant.

    • I know we had a list of topics when we interviewed, but we weren’t this organized either heh. Would you be interested in guest posting about your nanny experience? Thanks Jennifer!

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