You got your first nanny interview for a new job. You know kids love you, so you're confident you’ll make a good impression.
But a nanny interview is still a job interview. You'll need to impress the family. They'll be looking to see that you're reliable, caring, and dependable.
Once you impress them, then you can show off your hilarious Peppa the pig impression and awesome hide and seek skills.
Each stage of the interview process requires a different type of interview. A phone interview is an ice breaker. It gives you a better sense of each other and an idea of what the job entails.
An in-person interview is much more involved. It’s a chance to gauge a family’s needs and see if you have the same childcare philosophy. The last step, a nanny trial, gives you hands-on experience in someone’s home.
A phone interview is usually shorter than other interviews. You’ve impressed someone enough that they want to have a conversation to learn more about you.
The phone interview is to get any “deal breakers” out of the way. It’s also a good time to ask about the hiring process and when you can expect to hear back from the family post-interview.
Remember, first impressions are important at this phase. Showing up on-time shows your commitment and reliability.
Find a quiet spot where you’re guaranteed privacy to show your professionalism. You want the family to hear you, not your roommate’s music or your barking dog.
Questions to ask the family in a phone interview:
If the initial conversation goes well, they’ll invite you for another interview.
Be prepared to answer questions about your work history and what sets you apart as a nanny. Rehearse your answers with a friend.
Arrive at the interview with an updated resume and a list of questions. Bring a notebook and pen to write down the answers.
Questions to ask for an in-person and/or video interview
About the children
About the parents
About job expectations
About the schedules
About their nanny history
If the in-person interview goes well, the family may ask you to complete a nanny trial or “working interview.” This means you’ll spend time in someone’s private home and take care of the kids like it’s a regular workday.
If the family doesn’t request a nanny trial, you should. It will give you a much better sense of the job and the responsibilities.
Questions to ask during a nanny trial interview
Questions for live-in nannies
When the interview is over, be patient. A family is likely interviewing with other candidates as well. They also need time to discuss the top candidates and next steps.
If the family asks for references, show them how reliable and proactive you are by sending them along. Include a note about how you enjoyed meeting them.
If you haven’t heard back in a week, it’s reasonable to send them a message asking if they’ve decided about the role.
If all goes well, the next step will be a nanny contract to set clear expectations about the position. Consider nanny payroll too. It ensures you get paid on time and makes things easier during tax season.