Interview Tips for Nannies
When meeting prospective new employers it is important to create the right impression from the outset.
Here are a few tips to prepare you for a nanny job interview:
Before The Interview
- Dress smartly & appropriately in clothes that are professional but practical for a job with children. Avoid low-cut tops and very short skirts and remember to keep make up simple and jewellery and/or piercings to a minimum. Make sure you are comfortable.
- Check your route before you leave home! It is important to know exactly where you are heading and how to get there before you set off to avoid arriving late & flustered. Make sure you have gained clear instructions regarding the location of the house and a contact number in case of problems.
- Be prompt. In fact we recommend you arrive in the area 5-10 minutes early to get your bearings, you can always take a short walk to fill the time, but at least you won’t be late.
- Ensure you have all your relevant documents with you, taking a neat portfolio is a sign of your organised professionalism. The agency will have already presented your CV to the parents, however turning up with your documents is still advisable.
- Make sure you have collected as much information as possible from the agency about the job including general expectations, hours, ages and sexes of the children (and names if available).
During The Interview
- Meet the parents with a handshake, eye contact and a confident greeting.
- Try and relax and enjoy the interview, the parents must be interested in you for you to get to this point!
- If they are around then introduce yourself to the children and interact with them during the interview (often on first interviews the children are not present).
- Review our parents’ page with a suggested list of questions to prepare yourself on what to expect to be asked.
- Remain confident and professional throughout, even if you decide this is not the job for you.
- Be thorough in your answers – do not provide just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to questions.
- Prepare your own questions – even if it is just one or two. Some examples may be:
– Have they employed a nanny before?
– Why did their last nanny leave?
– Do they often have to stay late to work?
– What are their views on discipline? What are the house rules?
- What salary are they offering? When will they make a decision?
- On leaving, thank the parents for their time and leave with a smile and a good bye.