Interviewing Tips: Finding the Right Family for You
Begin the conversation by introducing yourself and saying you are calling
from The Nanny Network. Ask the family if this is a convenient time to
discuss their nanny opportunity. If not, schedule a mutually convenient
time for a telephone
interview. (Be specific as to whether it is Eastern, Central, Mountain,
or Pacific Time.)
Most families will begin by telling you about their position. Just as
you want to know what a family is like, they want to know what you are
like as well.
Here are some things you may want to discuss with a family during an interview:
- Tell a family about yourself. (re: where you live, went to school,
what are you currently doing?)
- Discuss why you want to be a nanny. What about children do you like?
- Tell about your child-care experiences. (Be specific about the ages
of the children and what activities you do with them.)
- Ask what a typical day would be like with their child(ren).
- Tell about your own family (sisters, brothers, parents their respective
occupations, nieces, nephews, etc.)
- Tell what you like to do in your spare time. What does the family
like to do in their spare time?
- Ask: Are you comfortable if I drive (or dont drive) your children?
- Ask: How does this family handle discipline? (time-out, taking away
- Ask: What have you liked or not liked about other nannies?
- Ask: Do I sound like the kind of nanny you are interested in?
- Ask: When is the position available?
At the end of the interview, thank the family for their time. Tell those
families in which you are interested that you look forward to speaking
with then again.
Discuss why you want to be a nanny. What about children
do you like?