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Interview questions

If you are looking to interview a nanny it is always useful to have your questions prepared in advance. To help you we have listed the following questions you may like to ask at the interview.

Ask about family background - parents, brothers and sisters. 

Where did you spend your early years?

Why did you choose to become a nanny?

What do you consider are your qualities with regard to looking after children?

What is your current position and why do you want to leave?

Tell me about your previous jobs and why you left each one.

Have you ever had a period of unemployment & why?

What are you looking for in your next position?

Why do you enjoy looking after children?

How would you entertain them on a day-to-day basis?

How would you keep them occupied on a long wet day?

What artistic/creative talents do you have?

Can you cook?

What would you cook for children aged 0-1 and 2-5?

Could you help my child with weaning, table manners, potty training, reading and writing?

Are you trained in First Aid? What would you do in the case of:
bad cuts
burns
blow to the head
choking
high fever.

How do you see your role in disciplining my child/children?

What household tasks are you happy to perform? (e.g. nursery duties only, light housework, ironing, cooking)

Are you happy to baby-sit? Would you expect to be paid extra for this?

When did you pass your driving test? (ask to see the driving licence)

Have you had any accidents?

Are you able to drive an automatic car?

What type of car do you have? 

Are you happy to use your car for work?

Does it have rear seat belts?

Do you expect me to provide carseats or do you have carseats fitted for your car?

What type of insurance do you have? (fully comprehensive / 3rd party / business)

Have you got insurance for taking employers' children in your car?

Do you understand that smoking and/or drinking alcohol is not permitted at work?

When would you be available to start a new position?

What salary are you seeking?

Would you accept the position if it was offered to you?

 

Remember that there are certain questions you are legally prohibited from asking such as whether a nanny has or is intending to have children, their sexual orientation, their age and their religion. You can find out more by reading our blog post 'Questions not to ask at interview'.