Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Curious on how you can ace your nanny interview? Take note of our tips on what to do and what NOT to do during an initial interview with a family!
DO confirm the interview the day before:
Always get confirmation of an interview at least 24 hours in advance. This not only shows that you are a professional, but it shows the family that you are serious and committed to interviewing for the position.
DO prepare a resume:
Having references are great, but having a resume with a cover letter is better. Being a nanny is a profession, and a family having the ability to read your past employment rather than just speak to references speaks volumes on your professionalism. Even if an agency has already sent your resume to a family, you should still bring a hard copy for them to refer to during the interview.
DO be on time:
Prepare for your commute by allowing yourself an extra 10-15 minutes for unforeseen circumstances when it comes to traveling. Showing up early is always a good sign to parents, so don't be afraid to knock on the door 5 minutes prior to your interview. Showing up late or NOT showing up at all is a huge mistake. Parents/agencies rarely will accept rescheduling an interview for that type of unprofessional behavior.
DO dress professionally:
A majority of nannies wear leggings and hoodies to work, which is perfectly acceptable AFTER you have been hired. During your interview you shoulder dress professionally, IE: jeans without rips, a nice blouse/shirt, and appropriate shoes.
DO talk to the children:
Will the children be present during the time you are at the interview? Don't be shy and go ahead and say hello and interact with the children! Showing a family that you can engage with the children will speak volumes on your ability to nanny.
DON'T bring up money immediately:
Talking about finances is important, but it's not the first thing you should bring up when discussing the position. Your main concern should be showing your potential employer what you can bring to the table as their nanny, not demanding what they can bring to you.
There is no need to discuss how much you were paid at your past position, or your personal problems. You are at the interview to show how you are as a caregiver, so focus on that.
DON'T make it all about you:
Yes, you are there to talk about your experiences as a nanny and your skills, but do not forget that you are also there to find out about the parents, their needs, and all about the children. Show an interest in the family by asking about what they like to do with their children and what the envision life would be like by adding a nanny to the mix.
Remember these tips to help you with a successful interview, and do not forget to follow up with the family a day or two later to see how everything went!