- I’ve been a nanny/babysitter for years and have been interviewed by each households and businesses for numerous jobs.
- These high quality interview questions are those that basically made me suppose and are those that I’d ask if I ever needed to rent a nanny.
When it involves hiring somebody to take care of your youngsters, there is no such factor as being too cautious. However, interviewing tons of nannies, babysitters, and businesses simply to search out one which’s ok takes lots of time and effort.
As somebody who has nannied and babysat for a number of distinctive households over the previous 5 years, I’ve been to my fair proportion of interviews, with each mother and father and businesses. Some caught with the easy questions — like “Do you already know CPR?” and “How do you’re feeling about overnights?” — however others requested me questions that basically made me take into consideration myself and what my function within the household could be.
These are the six finest questions I’ve been requested up to now (and some extra that I want had been):
“What was your favourite reminiscence together with your final household/youngster?”
This query is the proper ice breaker and it’ll simply provide the cutest solutions you’ve got ever heard in an interview. It will not reply any of the robust, logistical questions you absolutely have, however it may provide you with a glimpse into how passionate this particular person is about their function. It’s particularly good to ask in the event you’re in search of somebody to grow to be part of the household.
“If there was one talent/lesson you could possibly train our child, what would it not be?”
This is a greater, roundabout manner of asking “What pursuits you?” or “What’s necessary to you?” Whether they wish to train your child(s) their native language, instill good manners in them, or introduce them to artwork or historical past, it would subtly give you extra particulars concerning the particular person you are interviewing and, extra importantly, it would reveal what would possibly rub off in your offspring if this sure nanny is employed.
“Have you ever labored with a household that makes use of a parenting type you do not agree with? How did you/would you handled it?”
It’s okay if they’ve. In reality, it could be higher that manner. Not solely will they’ve expertise with completely different approaches (perhaps even nice ones), they can even have the ability to inform you upfront if there are issues they don’t seem to be okay with.
Most nannies hold their opinions to themselves with small points however in relation to issues like punishments, vaccinations, or restrictive diets, issues can get tense in the event you’re not on the identical web page.
“How would you make homework, dinner time, tub time thrilling or simpler for a kid who would not prefer it?”
Rather than asking “Can you cook dinner?” or “Would you assist with homework?” ask them how they might assist. Similar to good mother and father, good nannies can be on prime of the newest ideas and methods to ease any troublesome moments. If they inform you strategies they’ve used up to now, you will get an perception into their previous work and you may additionally get a glimpse of their downside fixing abilities.
“How do you prefer to steadiness work and life?”
This is very necessary for individuals trying to rent live-in nannies, as any nanny who has ever lived-in would gladly inform you. It might be exhausting to ascertain boundaries if you’re a shout away. Take the time within the interview to debate each of your most well-liked strategies of dealing with this.
Maybe strict, particular hours give you the results you want. Or perhaps you need them on name even after they’re off. Find out how they often make it work to see if that’ll give you the results you want, too.
“What does being a nanny imply to you?”
This was one of many questions that basically made me suppose as a result of “nanny” may imply one thing very completely different to everybody.
If you are in search of somebody to bond together with your youngster, train them life classes, and assist them develop, you won’t wish to rent somebody who says that being a nanny means watching the kids when the mother and father are out.
“Are you comfy working whereas I’m (or the opposite mother or father is) round?”
I’ve been a nanny for folks that need me to take cost even after they’re there and I’ve labored for some who most well-liked to have me within the background whereas they’re round. Each household and nanny is completely different so deciding what you need beforehand and bringing it up throughout the interview will set up traces with each the nanny and finally, even the kid or youngsters.
“What long-term and short-term plans do you will have?”
Sure, typically issues come up, however in the event you rent a younger, 20-something nanny understanding that they wish to pursue a profession outdoors of nannying in some unspecified time in the future, you may’t be mad after they resolve to do exactly that. You can, nevertheless, tackle the truth that you need somebody long-term and do your finest to search out somebody that additionally needs to be there for the lengthy haul. Asking about their life plans or profession targets will make it easier to keep away from miscommunication.
It’s additionally clever to maintain an ear out for different issues that would come up. Did they point out that they’re courting somebody lengthy distance? If so, there’s potential for them to maneuver. Does their household reside throughout the nation? They would possibly wish to journey typically. Those should not essentially be deal breakers however when it comes down to 1 nanny or one other, these particulars would possibly make it easier to make a last resolution.
“How do you actually really feel about doing [this much] house responsibilities?”
There’s a distinction between being a nanny and being a maid. Maybe you count on the nanny to grocery store, do all the household’s laundry, cook dinner, and clear — which is ok! — however the particular person you are interviewing won’t know that. Additionally, they may not wish to try this.
Be clear and upfront about what can be anticipated of them and pay them accordingly in order that there are no unexpected points that come up after they’ve already began. It’s one factor to ask in the event that they’re okay with doing a number of chores right here and there, however in the event you want/need way more than loading the dishwasher, ensure it is talked about within the interview.
Lastly, just remember to ask them to do a trial run.
Nothing is worse than pondering you’ve got discovered the one solely to understand it will not work out a number of days in.
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