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Interviewing Tips for Hiring the Right Nanny

Begin the conversation by asking if this is a convenient time to discuss your family’s individual child care needs. If not, schedule a mutually convenient time.

Describe each member of your family. Tell the nanny what a typical day is like in your family. This will put the her at ease and make her more comfortable in telling you about herself, her background and experiences.

Here are some sample questions you may want to ask:

  • Tell me about yourself. (where you live, went to school; what are you currently doing?)
  • Ask: Why do you want to be a nanny? (or, what about children do you like?)
  • Tell me about your child-care experiences. (ask for specific age groups, activities, etc.)
  • Describe what a typical day would be like with your age child(ren).
  • Ask the nanny to tell you about her own family. (Are they supportive of her living far from home, if applicable?)
  • Ask: What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Ask: Are you comfortable driving (or not driving) my children?
  • Ask: Are you comfortable with a one-year commitment?
  • Ask: Does my family sound like the kind of job in which you are interested?
  • Ask: When are you available to begin a position?

At the conclusion of the interview, ask the nanny to call The Nanny Network and to give feedback on your conversation.

Thank her for her time. Tell those nannies in which you are interested that you look forward to speaking with them again. Schedule another telephone interview to discuss specific employment details.



Tell the nanny what a typical day is like in your family.