Suggested Interview Questions for Nanny

Try to use open ended questions,

What made you decide to become a nanny?

What qualities do you think make a good nanny?

Can you see yourself being a nanny for the foreseeable future?

What do you like most about being a nanny?

What do you like least being a nanny?

What would be your idea position?

Education and development

What suitable activities would you plan for children of similar ages to our children?

What would you plan for a typical day?

What activities do you enjoy with children?

How would you keep the children occupied during the day?

Have you had experience with potty training? How would you go about it?

How much experience have you had with helping the children with their homework?

Would you be comfortable with helping the children with their homework?

Discipline

What are your views on discipline?

What do you feel works?

For example what would you do if one of the kids threw a tantrum whilst you were out?

Do you think manners are important?

How would you introduce them?

Coping with an emergency

What would you do if a child was choking?

Have you dealt with a child emergency? Please give details

Do you have an up to date first aid certificate for children?

What would you if one of the children bumped their head?

Meals

Do you like cooking?

What do you like to cook for the children?

Are you happy to plan meals for the children?

Are you happy to buy the food too?

For babies – Have you ever prepared bottles before?

Have you looked after breast fed babies?

Would you be happy to wean a baby onto solids?

Would you be happy to cook baby food and freeze it?

Reading and television

What are your views on children watching the television?

Do you like reading to the children?

What books do you like to read that would be suitable for the children?

Would you visit the library?

Reliability

How many days have you have had off sick in the last year?

How is your time keeping?

Personal

Do you currently live on your own?

Do you live with your partner?

What do your parents do?

Are you from a big family?

Where does your family come from?

Nanny’s CV

What was your job role?

What was your typical day?

What activities did you do with the kids?

Why did you leave your previous job?

What did you enjoy the most about the job?

What did you least enjoy about the job?

Take time to read through the nanny’s references.

This is a good opportunity to ask her any questions about what her previous the employers have written.

Would she be happy for you to speak to them? Ask her about her qualifications.

Finally ask the nanny if there are any questions she would like to ask you?

Bring the interview to an end. Make it clear what the next stage is, for example if you have other nannies to see. When you are likely to be in touch with the nanny regarding your decision.