Nanny Interview Questions

When hiring a nanny or caregiver start off by describing what you want, what you are looking for in terms of responsibilities and duties (i.e. Care-giving, housekeeping, laundry, cooking etc)

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What was your last job and why did you leave it?
  • How long were you with them?
  • Number of kids she looked after? Ages?
  • What do you find the most challenging part of working with children?
  • What do you see as your primary responsibility to my children?
  • What type of activities do you like to do with children?( When asking this question make it age specific)
  • What kinds of outdoor activities would you do with my children? What kinds of indoor activities would you do with my children?
  • What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child?
  • What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective?
  • Are you willing to supervise play dates with other children in our home and or take our child to programs which may or may not require your active participation?
  • Are you comfortable assisting with homework?
  • How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?
  • have you recently had or are you willing to take CPR and first aid training?
  • What if my baby / child cries? How will you comfort her / him?
  • In your experience what comforting techniques work best for you?
  • What do you feel about spoiling? (this question also gives you alot of insight into her “parenting” style)
  • Do you smoke?
  • What would you like to know about my baby? (some good questions posed to us were -does you baby have any allergies? are you nursing?)
  • For older kids – what activities does he or she like to do?
  • What if my child was by the kitchen sink, turned around and had white powder all around his or her mouth?
  • If my child got sick (fever, vomiting etc( how would you respond?
  • What if during the course of the day the fever kept rising despite your efforts?


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