How to Interview a Nanny: In-Person Interviews
Meeting top applicants face-to-face
Planning the interviews
It's often a good idea to conduct your first in-person meeting at a public location, such as a coffee shop. Also request to see a photo ID of the potential caregiver to confirm she is who she claims to be. There are three main things to keep in mind when planning in-person interviews:
1. If possible, schedule only one interview a day so you have time to reflect on each applicant.
2. Would you rather meet in your home, or at a neutral location such as a coffee shop?
3. Most importantly, prepare a list of questions and topics. Tip: Get started with our handy checklist of interview questions!
Asking your questions
This is your main opportunity to get a feel for an applicant. What's her personality like? Would your family get along with her? Don't be bashful about asking questions. After all, you're hiring for a very important job.
Answering her questions
Your future nanny will need to know about her role, so be prepared to answer questions, including:
- What tasks are you expecting her to do?
- Was there anything you forgot to include in your job post?
- Are there any cultural aspects, religious practices, or dietary restrictions that the applicant should know?
Be honest and upfront. You'll help avoid on-the-job surprises, and find a nanny who truly fits your family's needs.
Introducing your family
Don't forget about the little boss(es). Because your nanny will spend so much time with the kids, it's a good idea to have them meet top applicants.
Have your top choices individually meet your family after the initial meeting, so it's not awkward for her or overwhelming for your kids. Bonus: this practice run might actually give you the best insight into which applicant will be the best fit.
Getting peace of mind
Found someone you really like? Request a background check to look for things that interviews might not tell you. Premium Members can run free, unlimited standard background checks. We also offer more thorough enhanced background checks for a small fee. Learn more about background checks.
So you've found your nanny. You're happy, your kids are happy, and your nanny has a great job with a wonderful family. That means there's only one thing left to do. Tell your friends about Care.com so they can find reliable child care, senior care, pet care and more, of course!
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