How to Interview a Nanny

Check out this guide with helpful tips on interviewing nannies.
Katie Bugbee, Senior Managing Editor
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You're hiring for a very important job -- someone to take care of your most prized possession. Beyond meeting the general requirements, your caregiver must be a personality match with your family and ultimately someone you can trust. Finding the best person for the job is no easy task. We're here to help.

Watch this video for tips from senior managing editor Katie Bugbee on how to interview a nanny.


Now click on the link to the guide to get even more advice on the interview process, including a complete checklist of questions to ask.

How to Interview a Nanny


Katie Bugbee is our global parenting expert and senior managing editor here at She has written for Babble, Huffington Post, Newsday and Parenting. A busy working mother, she offers families advice on many parenting dilemmas, from appeasing picky eaters to finding the perfect babysitter.

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(7) Comments
Victoria D.
Victoria D.
I will ask if my nanny is religious and if she/he plans to talk about his/her religion. We are not religious and I told a former nanny this. She was playing a Christian cartoon for them regularly when I wasn't around. I was not happy that she was doing that behind my back. These are my children and it's not her place to impose her religious views on them. So I think there are certain stipulations when it comes to religion.
March 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Gaylord K.
Gaylord K.
yes I am and looked it up first before there your name was nicholas
May 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Daniela G.
Daniela G.
This is great. However, I would like to know how do you reject the other sitters that you had in your top 3 after interviewing ? Do you keep them as on call sitters? Can you do that? Do you tell them why you chose someone else?
What is appropriate?
May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM
Uchenna N.
Uchenna N.
This is really helpful!!
December 3, 2011 at 7:03 AM
Alexis G.
Alexis G.
Great article but at the end it says you cannot ask their religion, race,sex or if they've been arrested but that's not true. Religion, race may not be important to you but the sex and previous arrests will definitely be on the top of my lists. Those questions are not allowed for employers with over 15 workers.
November 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM
Jodi R.
Jodi R.
I really enjoyed this article! I wish that I would have found it when hiring my first nanny! I think sometimes parents get lucky and just find the right person but this is highly unlikely! I recommend doing all of these steps without skipping a single one!
October 28, 2011 at 11:36 PM
This is a nice article
October 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM

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