GO THROUGH THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MAKE A COMPILATION OF THE ONES RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS TO ASK THE NANNY CANDIDATE.

 

  1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Ask for proof
  2. Are you First Aid/CPR Certified? Ask for proof
  3. Why did you decide to be a nanny?
  4. Why do you want to be a nanny vs. working at a preschool or day care?
  5. How long have you been a nanny?
  6. What did you do before you became a nanny?
  7. How many families have you worked for?
  8. What were the ages of the children you cared for?
  9. What age children do you feel most comfortable caring for? Why?
  10. Have you ever cared for two children at the same time? What were their ages?
  11. What would be your expectation if we were to have another child?
  12. Would you be willing to watch my child when he/she is sick or daycare is closed?
  13. Are you willing to use a baby carrier?
  14. What are your child-rearing philosophies?
  15. What do you think are the qualities needed to be a good nanny?
  16. Describe a typical day with my (insert age) child.
  17. What kinds of activities would you do with a/an (insert age) year old?
  18. Do you like to actively play with children or would you rather supervise them playing?
  19. What is your philosophy on discipline?
  20. What method of discipline would you use on a/an (insert age) year old child?
  21. Do you make a distinction between punishment and discipline?
  22. Can you give me some examples of when you would need to use discipline with a/an (insert age) year old child?
  23. Can you give me some examples of problems you have had with kids and how you handled them?
  24. What do you find to be most challenging in childcare?
  25. How do you feel about corporal punishment? – She should NEVER engage in corporal punishment
  26. How do you get an unwilling child to listen to you?
  27. How would you deal with tantrums? Home and Public?
  28. How would you handle a situation in which a child hits or hurts others?
  29. What if the child hits or hurts you?
  30. How would you handle a toddler who throws things?
  31. How would you handle a toddler who bites?
  32. How would you handle a toddler who writes on the wall, table, etc.?
  33. How would you handle a situation in which a child lies?
  34. How would you handle a child who does not want to do homework?
  35. What would you do if my baby refuses to nap?
  36. What is your opinion of sleep training and having kids “cry it out?”
  37. How long do you think a baby should be left alone to cry?
  38. What successful methods have you used for sleep training at night?
  39. How do you get a baby to stop crying?
  40. Have you prepared a baby’s bottle before?
  41. Have you used a sterilizer before?
  42. Do you have experience in weaning a baby onto solid food?
  43. Do you have experience planning a nutritious daily menu for a/an (insert age) child?
  44. What kinds of food would you puree for my toddler?
  45. What is your philosophy about television and video games?
  46. What is your philosophy about food and snacks?
  47. What is your philosophy on having a routine?
  48. How would you get an unwilling (insert age) child to eat?
  49. Can you tell me about a time when a child made you very angry?
  50. How would you handle sibling rivalry?

51.How do you build independence in a child?

  1. How do you encourage positive behavior?
  2. Have you attended any positive discipline classes or read such books.
  3. How should potty training be approached?
  4. What are some of the challenges you’ve had in your positions as a nanny?
  5. Describe your last childcare position and why it ended?
  6. Was it a sole charge position?
  7. What did you like about your last employer?
  8. What didn’t you like about your last employer?
  9. Can you share a difficult situation that you now wish you would have handled differently?
  10. Have you ever had to handle an emergency? What happened?
  11. At what point would you call a pediatrician or 911?
  12. What do you like most about being a nanny?
  13. What do you like least about being a nanny?
  14. What do you consider to be your most important responsibility in this job?
  15. What qualities are you looking for in a family?
  16. What would your previous family say your strongest assets are?
  17. What do you think your weakest assets are?
  18. What do you like most about yourself?
  19. What would you like to improve about yourself?
  20. What do you think children like best about you?
  21. Tell me about the best child you ever took care of.
  22. Tell me about the worst child you ever took care of.
  23. How do you think your friends would describe your personality?
  24. How would you describe your personality?
  25. These are the job requirements. Does this sound like something you can handle?
  26. What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment in this career?
  27. What are your strongest assets as a nanny?
  28. What play activities would you do to entertain a/an (insert age) year old child
  29. What television shows would you allow a child of this age to watch?
  30. Are you willing to set up play dates and actively participate in a child’s group activities, and play dates?
  31.   Are you willing to supervise play dates with other kids in our home? Do you want to be paid extra for that?
  32. What additional duties did you perform in your past jobs (housekeeping, laundry, dishes, errands)?
  33. How did your previous employers handle your food?
  34. Have you ever had to help with a morning routine or a bedtime routine? If no, do you think you could?
  35. What were your hours, benefits, pay, raises, overtime, paid holidays, vacations in your previous job?
  36. Were you punctual?
  37. Did you miss work for illnesses and/or personal days at your previous job?
  38. How many days sick leave have you had in the last year?
  39. What was the nature of the illness?
  40. Did you have the authority to make decisions for the children when the parents weren’t available?
  41. It’s only natural that there might have been times you didn’t agree with your former employer’s parenting decisions. How did you handle that?
  42. What did you like the most about your past jobs
  43. What would you have changed about your last job?
  44. Why did you choose your last job? Why did you leave?
  45. Are you good at communicating when you have any issues in regards to your job?
  46. How often do you like to communicate with your employer during the day?
  47. What method of communication works best for you?
  48. Do you like to offer your ideas and opinions about the way things can be done?
  49. Are you willing to write a daily report about my child’s day?
  50. Do you still keep in touch with the previous families you worked for?
  51. Are you comfortable working for someone where a parent works at home?
  52. Have the previous families you worked for been very laid back or very hands on?
  53. Can you tell me a little about your childhood? Whatever you feel comfortable with.
  54. How did your parents discipline you?
  55. Do you agree or disagree with their methods? What would you do differently?
  56. What is your relationship with your family like? Do they like the idea of your being a Nanny?
  57. Do you have children?
  58. If yes, how old are they?
  59. Do you need to bring your child with you to work?
  60. If she is a parent, does she have back up coverage in case her child is home sick?
  61. Are you married?
  62. Where does your spouse work?
  63. Are you able to tutor a (insert age) year old child if needed? If so, what subjects do you feel comfortable helping with?
  64. Would you be able to supervise our child with their homework, including reviewing their work and helping them if they get stuck?
  65. Do you smoke?
  66. How would you rate your swimming?
  67. Would you consider yourself a good driver?
  68. How is your driving record? Do you have any tickets? Have you ever had a DUI or similar violation?
  69. Would you be willing to drive my child to….?
  70. Are you familiar with this neighborhood?
  71. If applying for part-time what hours are you available?
  72. What are your personal goals for the next ……years?
  73. What is your dream job?
  74. Have you ever been treated for emotional problems?
  75. Do you have any health-related problems that would limit your ability to do this job?
  76. Do you have any allergies that I need to be aware of?
  77. Do you have any dietary or other restrictions?
  78. Do you like to cook?
  79. Are you willing to do some light food preparation for my child?
  80. What kinds of food would you cook for a/an (insert age) year old child?
  81. If necessary would you be willing to cook a meal for the entire family on occasion?
  82. How do you feel about performing light housekeeping?
  83. What housekeeping duties are you comfortable with? Which ones are you not comfortable with?
  84. Would you be willing to run errands such as….?
  85. Would you be willing to do my child’s laundry?
  86. Would you have problems doing the family’s laundry?
  87. Will you have the children help clean their rooms?
  88. Is there anything you would really not like to do?
  89. Would you be willing to adjust your schedule to work extended hours or weekend overtime when needed? This would be overtime and you would be compensated with agreed upon additional pay.
  90. How much notice ahead of time do you need?
  91. Are you okay with watching our friend’s children in addition to ours if we have an outing together?
  92. What do you like to do when you are not working?
  93. What are your hobbies/interests?
  94. Do you like watching TV?
  95. What is your favorite TV program?
  96. Do you enjoy reading?
  97. What kind of books do you like to read?
  98. Would you be able to incorporate some reading activities in my child’s daily routine?
  99. What is your educational background?
  100. What are your qualifications as a nanny?
  101. How do you feel about furthering your training by attending child development classes or seminars?

153.Are you open to doing a nanny share?

  1. How do you feel about nanny cameras? Would you mind if we used them?
  2. Have you ever been arrested or in trouble with the law?
  3. Have you ever verbally or physically abused or been accused of abusing a child? If so, how did you handle that accusation?
  4. When can you start?
  5. What hours are you willing to work?
  6. How many hours do you need to work?
  7. Are you available on short notice?
  8. What salary or hourly rate do you expect?
  9. What kind of flexibility do you have with scheduling?
  10. How long do you see yourself staying at this job?
  11. Where do you live? How will you get to work? How long will it take you to get to work?
  12. Will you be able to travel with our family?
  13. Do you have a preferred time for vacation?
  14. Do you need time off for any special holiday or religious observations?
  15. Would you submit to a background check?
  16. Would you sign a confidentiality agreement?
  17. Would you sign a non-usage of phone while driving charges agreement?
  18. Why should I hire you?
  19. Do you have any questions for me?

 

Extra Questions for a Live-In Nanny

 

  1. What are your bedtime habits?
  2. Will you be having overnight guests occasionally?
  3. What are your concerns about living with a family?
  4. Did you encounter any problems while living with the family at your last job? How did you    handle it?
  5. Do you have a daily routine that you like to follow?
  6. Are you comfortable working alongside other household staff?