Interviews can be stressful and challenging but I have some tips to help you ace your interview for any nanny job.
1. Ask questions: Make sure you have all of the information you need to prepare for your interview. Ask how old the child(ren) are, some of their interests, if they have any special needs or dietary restrictions, and the area you will be working. Avoid asking too many questions initially but get key information.
2. Be prepared at your interview: Draft a list of activities or groups in the area that you think the child(ren) would enjoy. Make sure these are age and developmentally appropriate. Try to come up with ideas that are free or have a minimal cost. Most families have enough expenses already they don’t need to be spending hundreds of dollars a week to keep their child(ren) amused. Do some research about the area; know where close local parks, hospitals or clinics, and libraries are located. Check is the local YMCA has any Early Years Programs.
Bring along a list of references that are typed; include a phone number, email address, and a best time to get in touch with this person if applicable. You can bring along a folder with extra information about you: letters of recommendation, copies of relevant certificates/degrees/diplomas, your typed references page, and a copy of your resume. This folder is something you will be providing a potential employer to keep so make sure you do not include any original documents.
3. Dress Well: Being interviewed for a nanny position requires you to dress nicely but not too formal. You want to wear clothes that are comfortable, have some colour, and make a good impression. Avoid clothing that restricts movement or is too loose and has a habit of riding up or down.
4. Interact with the Child(ren): One of the unique things about being interviewed to be a nanny is that the child(ren) are often present during the interview or for a portion of the interview. Spend as much time as possible interacting with the child(ren). My first interview for a nanny position I did not get because the family let their 3 year old choose between myself and another candidate. The other candidate had spent more time playing with this child so he choose her instead.
5. Ask Questions: Ask intelligent, thoughtful questions about the position, the family, and their daily routine. You can ask about the biggest challenges the parents expect during the transition period, the most important thing to the parents (and the child(ren) if they are able to answer) in a nanny, and what are the role expectations.
6. Review Interview Questions: Go over your responses to typical interview questions. Families will want to know about your past experience and how it could help with your role as a nanny. Think about your strengths and how they will help you in the role. Have an idea of salary expectation if this hasn’t already been established. Use examples of activities you have come up with when you are talking to the family.
I hope you have found these tips helpful! I hope you find the right job for you!