Now that you have decided to hire a nanny, you may be struggling with the appropriate questions to ask when interviewing potential clients. Let’s explore the different types of questions you can ask a candidate when choosing the best nanny for your kids.
How to Start the Interview
After short-listing the applicants, you can conduct individual interviews online or in-person based on their experience or qualification. Initiate the interview by getting to know the applicant. Be as polite as you can and do not ask questions that hurt your potential nanny's cultural, social, or religious sentiments.
Here are some questions to ask for breaking the ice and making an informed decision.
- What age groups do you care for?
- How long have you been a nanny?
- Do you hold any professional pieces of training or certificates?
- Can you agree to take on additional responsibilities for extra-pay?
- Can we contact your past employers to verify your credibility?
Additional questions to ask during the present situation include the following:
- Can you undergo a screening test for Covid-19 if we decide to hire you?
- Do you have any symptoms that may indicate the presence of the Coronavirus infection?
- Note down all these answers and compare them once you finish interviewing all candidates.
What to Tell About Your Family
During or after the interview, you may want to introduce your family to your potential nanny. Here is a run-down of what you should share with a potential applicant.
- Tell about your family and children
- Communicate your expectations from nanny care
- Give any special instructions
- Share your lifestyle and the schedule you want your nanny to follow
Training and Skills
Most applicants possess adequate experience. But, you have to dig deeper to know if they have the right education and training to serve your children's specific needs. Here are some questions to ask:
- Can you administer CPR?
- Can you provide first-aid care for children?
- What is your education or qualification?
- Are you fluent in any other languages?
Salary and Holidays
Get to know about your nanny's salary expectations to see if the applicant fits within your budget. Furthermore, it would help if you asked whether the nanny would require holidays or a yearly vacation during any specific time of the year.
Ask the applicants whether they are comfortable with following house rules to guarantee discipline. For instance, you can limit your nanny’s phone usage, etc., during work hours. Some parents look for live-in nannies; in this case, you will have to discuss other requirements.
Asking open-ended questions will help the applicant open up and provide as much information as possible. The more info you have about an applicant’s education and work history, the easier it becomes to decide.
If you are looking for a reliable and experienced nanny for your children, get in touch with The Happiest Nanny to ensure you provide the best nanny care services to your children. Contact us today to find out more.
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