Interview Tips for Nannies

Put your best foot forward.

I could spend hours regaling you with stories of nanny interviews gone good, bad, and just plain crazy. They are rarely a typical corporate appointment. Nanny candidates never know what they might encounter at that first, face- to- face interview–parents who are nervous and unsure, crabby children, a sick family pet, a request to change a diaper … Here is a sample of the interview tips we’ve created for our nanny candidates:

Before the interview:

  • Drive by the family’s home
  • Research near-by parks, places of interest and activities
  • Arrive 5 minutes early
  • Turn off your cell phone

Be prepared:

  • Along with your resume, consider bringing photos of you and your previous charges, CPR and other training certifications, recipes, books and articles that help explain your childcare philosophy
  • Write out a list of your job questions
  • Wear conservative, casual clothes and remember you might be asked to remove your shoes

During the interview:

  • When asked a question, gather your thoughts and think about how to answer concisely
  • Avoid speaking negatively or revealing personal information about past employers
  • Engage with the children. Play with them if you can.
  • Always ask before holding an infant and wash your hands first
  • Ask if they have employed a nanny, what their overall experience was and if you would be able to speak with her if they offer you a job

After the interview:

  • Send the family a hand-written note expressing your interest, or at least thanking them for meeting with you. Include something personal that you learned about them or their child(ren).
Daryl Camarillo
March 28, 2014
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Daryl Camarillo
March 28, 2014
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"I would rate Stanford Park Nannies very highly! They provide a great flow of very qualified candidates, who are all prepared to pay taxes. They have a great vetting process and did not waste our time with those that weren’t a fit. In addition to our full-time search, they had the ability to quickly identify relevant interim/temp nannies as well!"

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"SPN provides you with a current understanding of what should be expected of nannies and employers and they empower you by coaching you through it all. When I started to interview with families, they gave me great feedback—it felt like I had my own personal interviewing cheerleaders!"

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