Parents, 4nannies.com provides this list of sample interview questions to help you organize your telephone interview with prospective nannies. We suggest that you review the questions, personalize or edit for your family's needs, and then keep a record of answers on a candidate basis.
Remember, the interview is not a substitute for CAREFUL background investigation! Families should thoroughly review the background of any nanny candidate being considered for employment.
1. What appeals to you about taking care of children in their own home (vs. a day care center or your home)?
2. Describe your last childcare experience and why it ended.
3. What was your worst experience in childcare and how did you resolve it?
4. How were you disciplined as a child? What would you do differently with your own children?
5. What do you find to be the most challenging (or interesting) part of working with children?
6. Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
7. Tell me about your childhood and your current relationship with your family.
8. What do you like to do in your free time?
9. What television shows do you enjoy watching?
10. How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?
For children from birth to 2 years, consider the following questions:
1. How do you handle a crying baby?
2. What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child this age?
3. What activities would you engage in with a child this age?
For 2-3 year olds, consider the following questions:
1. How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?
2. How do you feel toilet training should be approached?
3. What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child’s day?
4. What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?
5. What indoor activities would you engage a child this age in?
For 3-5 year olds, consider the following questions:
1. What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for this age?
2. What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child?
3. Are you willing to supervise play time with other children in our home and/or take our child to gymnastics/activity groups which may or may not require your active participation?
1. What are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision (i.e., the child is outside and the caregiver is in the house with a younger child)?
2. Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework?
3. Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?