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How to interview a nanny: In-person interviews

Most of us don’t hire people often and, when it comes to hiring a household employee like a nanny, you might not know where to start. You’re definitely not alone. In-person interviews with a nanny are very important so you want to make sure you do it right the first time!

To help you out, here are a few “tried and true” tips for planning and executing a great in-person interview:

Plan it out

After your phone interview, it's a good idea to conduct your first in-person meeting in a public place (like a coffee shop). This way, you can focus on your questions instead of your kids screaming in the background and it eliminates concerns about inviting a stranger into your home.

You can block off a whole morning or afternoon without the children to interview 2-3 candidates. Plan for 30-45 minutes with each candidate and schedule them an hour apart. This helps in case someone is running late or if you start chatting with a really good candidate!

Ask her to come prepared

When you schedule your in-person interview, ask each candidate to bring:

  • A photo ID
  • Her CPR Certification card (make sure to check the expiration date)
  • Printed resumes or reference information (if you want to have them on file)
  • Any questions she’d like to ask you

Also let her know that you plan to spend 30-45 minutes chatting so she blocks off that time for you.

Come prepared yourself

When you set up in-person interviews, it helps to have everything you need for each applicant on your mobile device or even printed out. This way, you can take notes on their individual interviews, refresh your memory before they arrive, and so you identify them in a crowd. You should also run a nanny background check after the phone interview and before the in-person interview. This way, you know if you want to proceed with the hiring process.

You can also print off this list of checklist of interview questions for each candidate, taking notes as you go. Make sure to only interview 2-3 applicants in a day so that you can keep them straight in your head.

Other optional items you might want to bring with you include:

Time to find your nanny

The important steps that lead up to your in-person interview are just as important as the interview itself. The more time and forethought you put into scheduling and organizing your interviews, the better you’ll feel about the candidates. Remember, this isn’t an informal coffee date; you’re hiring someone who is going to be a major part of your children’s lives!

If you're wondering what to look for when your potential nanny meets your child, check out this guide to meeting the kids. It was created to help babysitters make a good first impression with new families, but it is still applicable to nannies and an awesome way to help narrow down your search.

Now go meet your nanny!


I have the same issue. Caring for an elderly family member with dementia is way different than caring for a child. We need more specific guidance on finding the right candidate.

I keep clicking on things related to senior care but what comes up are things related to hiring nannies. I suppose this is because all the issues involved in senior care are also involved and maybe even more complicated when hiring a nanny. It's either that or I'm missing something. Can anyone enlighten me?

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