Nanny job interviews can be a bit intimidating. You might not always know what to expect or what kind of questions you’ll be asked, but there are a few things that can help you prepare. These tips can help you confidently tackle the nanny job interview and hiring process and “wow” the prospective employer.
- Be yourself.
Interviews are, of course, about showing the best parts of your personality and how your experience is better than other people that are interviewing for the job. But most of all, nanny job interviews are a time for the family to get to know who you are and how you will fit into their family as a nanny. Answer questions honestly and show your passion and enthusiasm for your career as a nanny. That should always shine through. Tonya Sakowicz, Newborn Care Specialist and Owner of Baby Go Green, Inc. says,
“Passion and enthusiasm for children is why most of us do what we do--let it show in your voice, in the ideas you share with the family, and through your positive, confident and cheery attitude. A confident attitude carries you a long way in an interview.”
- Be prepared.
When you walk into your first nanny job interview with a new family, be sure that you have all of the documents that you might need pertaining to your certifications, your household payroll and tax information, and a sample nanny work agreement. Be ready to present them in an organized way, rather than digging through a disorganized folder. Sue Downey, Nanny in Philadelphia and co-founder of Nannypalooza, recommends that part of your prep work include having a page of photos showing you in action with the kids. She says,
“It helps them see what activities I like to do and is also a good conversation starter. I leave a short 2-page print out with my resume and childcare philosophy with the family.”Glenda Propst, professional nanny for 30 years and owner of Nanny Transitions says,
“Being prepared for the interview is going to send a clear message to the family that you’re serious about what you do. I also always talk about my involvement in the industry and make it clear that continuing education and professional development is important to me.”
- Do your research.
Before you head to a home for an interview, it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Do a full Internet search and check out the Facebook pages of the parents if they’re available. Sakowicz also recommends keeping safety as your top priority.
“I always recommend nannies Google a potential employer. It gives them a background basis to make a connection with a potential employee and also can give them some insight into the family. I read at least the first 10 google hits that come up--more if I feel it's necessary. If I find anything that gives me concern, I will contact my lawyer and have him do a more thorough check.”
- Follow up.
Sakowicz, Propst, and Downey all recommend that a thank you note be part of the follow up process. Prepare the note right after the interview and send it that night or the next morning so the family will get it right away. Not a lot of people think to follow up with a thank you note and this will make you stand out from the rest.
Finding a nanny job with a new family is all about finding a great fit. Following some of these simple steps will give you the tools to ace the nanny job interview with ease!