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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 don’t drive) your children?
  • Ask: How does this family handle discipline? (time-out, taking away privileges, etc.)
  • 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?