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May 31st, 2013, 01:33 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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I finally placed my ad for a nanny today. Does anyone have any suggestions for interview questions or requirements?
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May 31st, 2013, 02:13 PM
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: AR
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These may be fairly obvious, but...

What is your childcare style (i.e. hands-on vs. just watching, etc)?

How do you handle discipline (obviously not applicable now, but for the future)?

What are your salary expectations?

How do you expect vacations/holidays/time off to be handled?

Do you have a record? What about driving history?

References? Past experience?

How would you handle X situation?

Discuss other expectations, like possibly cooking/cleaning/errand running, etc.

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June 1st, 2013, 07:03 PM
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I copied these from a website and there are a ton of questions, but they are all really good questions.

How long have you been a nanny?
How old were the other children you cared for?
Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training?
Would you be willing to take classes to further your education in childcare?
Do you have emergency training? In CPR? In first-aid?
If not, would you be willing to take CPR classes and first-aid training?
What would you do if my child was sick or had an accident?
Would you mind if I ran a background check on you?
Why are you a nanny?
Why are you looking for a new position?
What do you like about the job?
Describe your ideal family/employer:
What do you like least about being a nanny?
Do you have any special peeves about parents/children/pets?
What are your beliefs about childrearing?
What do children like best about you?
How do you comfort children? How do you deal with separation anxiety?
How do you discipline children? Give me an example of a previous discipline problem and how you handled it.
What are some of the rules you've followed in other households that you think worked well?
Which rules haven't worked for you?
Would you be willing to follow my rules and disciplining/comforting strategies even if they're different from yours?
What will my child be doing on any given day? (See our daily log sheet.)
What are your favorite activities to do with a child the age of mine?
If I'm working in the house, will you be able to keep my child happily occupied without involving me?
Do you have future plans (school, job, marriage, etc.) that would put a limit on how long you expect to be a nanny?
Do you have a well-functioning car, with appropriate safety belts and room for car seats?
Do you want a live-in arrangement?
If it's not a live-in arrangement, where do you live and how would you get to work?
If it's not a live-in arrangement, would you bring your own food or expect meals to be provided?
Do you smoke?
Are you willing to do light chores while our baby is sleeping? Which ones?
Do you have any personal responsibilities or health issues that could interfere with a regular work schedule?
When would you be able to start working?
Would you ever be available to work evenings or weekends?
Would you be available to travel with our family for weekends/vacations?
When do you expect to take a vacation of your own?
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Krystal mommy to Alexander-7, Elizabeth-3 and our baby Morgan born with Angel Wings 2-27-08

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June 1st, 2013, 08:53 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Thanks guys! I am already frustrated. I have had 7 people email looking for summer positions when I already put in the post that it I wanted someone for at least the next year. Why can't people read? There have been some good emails too and I hope that we find a good fit.

If you have had a nanny before, did you prefer an older nanny (30+) or younger?
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June 3rd, 2013, 05:29 AM
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That would be frustrating! Hope you can find the right person soon!

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June 3rd, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Hope you find the right person!

It's hard interviewing someone, regardless of how many or what questions are asked because it all comes down to how comfortable you feel leaving the most important thing in your life with them ... Good Luck & I hope you find a great fit!
Oh, Sweet Child of Mine

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