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List of questions to ask a nanny during an interview

List of questions to ask a potential nanny:

  • Where are you from?
  • What is your professional background?
  • What is your educational background?
  • How long have you been in the USA?
  • Do you have a greencard/passport?
  • How long have you been working as a nanny?
  • Why did you choose to become a nanny? Why do you do this work?
  • Why did you leave your previous nanny job?
  • In your previous job, how many children did you take care of? How old were the children you took care of? When did you start taking care of those children?
  • Do you know any other babysitters in the area that you would see regularly?
  • Please describe your day to day responsibilities in DETAIL.
  • What time did you come in? What time did you leave? What type of activities did you do with your children? Do you have a program/books that you like to follow? Name your 5 favorite children’s books. How many children’s songs and poems do you know? What other type of activities do you enjoy doing? Do you know any child development methodologies?
  • Are you comfortable taking the child to activities or classes?
  • What are your thoughts on child discipline? What do you do when a child does not want to do something?
  • Please describe a challenging situation. What was your worst experience in childcare and how did you resolve it?
  • Do you have children of your own? How many and how old are they?
  • Have you ever been in an emergency situation while babysitting? What did you do? What is the first thing that you do when there is an emergency situation?
  • Can you tell me some problems that you had with kids and how did you go about dealing with them?
  • How do you handle tantrums?
  • How do you react if the child bit you?
  • How do you feel toilet training should be approached? What about teaching the child to eat and getting dressed by himself?
  • Do you smoke/drink?
  • Can you drive a car? Do you have a license?
  • How well do you know the NYC subway/Bus service?
  • Can you swim? Are you comfortable taking the child to the beach?
  • Can you cook? What kind of food do you cook?
  • Can you clean?
  • I will need you to help me with cleaning once a week on Fridays, here is what I need you to do: vacuum; dust; laundry; bathroom; dishes
  • I will need you to cook for the baby and do light shopping as needed.
  • How much are you expecting to get paid?
  • How flexible are you if I arrive from work an hour late? Two hours late?
  • Discuss your vacation/sick days policy – how much would you pay her if you take time off with the baby (I am paying my nanny ½ rate when we go away and don’t pay her for the public holidays). 
  • Please provide references of your previous employers

    List of questions for nanny’s references:

  • How long do you know this person?
  • How long did she work for you?
  • Why did you hire her?
  • Is she currently employed with you?
  • How many children did she take care of?
  • Why did you end her employment?
  • Did you have cameras installed in your house?
  • Describe how she took care of your kids in detail?
  • Did she take them to activities? Beach? City?
  • What was her work schedule?
  • What were her strengths?
  • What were her weaknesses?
  • Did she do anything else besides babysitting?
  • Is she reliable? Did she discipline your children?
  • Did she teach them anything?
  • How is she compared to other babysitters that you had?
  • Did she handle any emergencies?
  • Would you hire her again?