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Interview Questions that Nannies Can Ask Families

You’re in an interview with a great family.  The parents have asked you a lot of typical interview questions, and you think the interview is going well.  As the interview nears its end, the parents ask you what questions you have for them.  Here are some questions you may want to ask them.

1.      What expectations would you have of your new nanny?

2.      At what time would my work day typically begin and end?

3.      If you run late some day, and you need me to stay a little later than usual, would you call or text me to let me know?

4.      Is this a full-time, five-day-per-week position?

5.      Is this a live-in or live-out nanny position?

6.      (If the position is live-in)  Would I have my own bedroom and bathroom?  How would you like me to set boundaries with the children regarding my non-working time?  May I have friends visit me in my room during my non-work time, as long as we are quiet and respectful?  What boundaries do you have regarding my socializing in your home?  May I keep food of my own in your refrigerator?

7.      Would I provide my own car or would you prefer that I drive a vehicle that you provide when I am transporting your children to their activities?

8.      What are your expectations regarding play dates?  What boundaries do you have when your children meet other children for the first time?  If they seem to get along well, may I set play dates with them, or do you want to know more about the new friends before I set play dates?

9.      How would you like your children to address me?  (i.e., “Jan”, “Mrs. Smith”, “Nanny Jan”, etc.)

10.   Do your children prefer to play inside or outside?  What activities do they most enjoy?

11.   Do your children have any special talents, skills, or challenges that I could work with as your nanny?

12.   Do you want your new nanny to cultivate any skills or knowledge in your children?  For example, would you like me to help your children learn Spanish, how to play the piano, or art appreciation?

13.   What days have special significance to your family/your children?  How do you celebrate or observe these days?  How could I, as your nanny, help?

14.   What kinds of family traditions or activities make your children feel most loved and valued?

These are just a few of the questions that you may want to ask during your interview.  You are well advised to write out, before your interview, a list of questions that you want to ask; then, during your interview, you can be prepared and ask those questions on your list that have not already been answered.  For example, you would not want to ask question # 2 above if that information had already been discussed earlier in the interview.

By coming to your nanny interview with a pre-prepared list of well thought out questions, you will impress the family with your professionalism, thoroughness, and consideration.

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