Questions We Ask a Nanny
Updated: Apr 2, 2020
We often times have parents ask what questions an agency will ask the nanny, so today we are sharing a few of the questions we ask our nannies during our initial interview!
Being a Nanny:
Why did you choose a nannying career?
What do you think makes you a good nanny?
What is your favorite part about being a nanny?
What do you find most challenging about being a nanny?
Do you see yourself being a nanny for long-term?
What are your favorite ages to work with and why?
What ages do you feel you need improvement with and why?
Do you prefer working with girls or boys and why?
Why are you searching for a new position?
What areas do you wish you could improve on as a nanny?
Do you like to cook?
If yes, what are some of your favorite meals to cook?
Are you active?
What are some of your hobbies?
What are your future goals?
How would your friends and family describe you?
Are you in school?
What are you studying (if in school)?
Do you plan on going to school (if not in school)?
Will your courses interfere with a nanny schedule (if in school)?
Are you CPR/First Aid certified (willing to become)?
What other certifications do you have?
Are you open to doing more certifications through associations geared towards nannies?
Age Specific Questions:
How comfortable are you with newborns?
Are you comfortable bathing/changing an infant?
How would you soothe a crying baby?
What do you like to do with infants?
Do you believe in routines and schedules for infants? Why?
Are you able to prefer baby food? If yes, please describe when you feel infants should be introduced to solids as well as how you prepare these foods.
Have you ever had to handle an emergency with an infant (choking, ill, etc.)?
If not, how do you feel you would handle it?
What’s your favorite thing about infants?
What type of activities would you do with a toddler?
Do you believe in a routine and schedule in toddlers? Why?
How do you handle tantrums?
What’s your discipline method with toddlers and why?
Can you give me an example of how you’ve handled a toddler having a tantrum or a bad day?
What are your views on electronics for this age?
What’s your favorite thing about toddlers?
What type of activities would you do with this age?
How would you handle discipline for this age?
What would you do if a child is unwilling to go to school/do homework?
Are you comfortable setting up play dates and activities for this age?
Are you comfortable helping with homework?
How would you handle a child who wants to play video games/watch TV often?
How would you handle a child of this age being upset about school, friends, or something within the house?
Are you comfortable managing a busy schedule? (after school activities, etc.)
Can you tell me your favorite thing about working with this age?
What’s your least favorite thing about working with this age?
How would you handle an emergency?
Have you ever had to handle an emergency for past families?
What would you do if an infant was crying and a toddler was choking at the same time?
Do you feel you are prepared for an emergency (child getting injured, child choking, etc.)
How would you describe yourself in an emergency (calm, stressed)?
What do you think is the best way to keep children safe?
Do you find you are often late or on time to work?
Are you able to handle getting children ready and out the door to be on time to appointments or activities?
How many sick days do you normally take?
Are you able to stay late or come in early to a position if needed?
End of Interview:
Are you comfortable with a background check?
Do you have a vehicle/valid license?
Are you comfortable driving children?
Can we run a DMV check on you?
If a family wants, are you open to fingerprints/drug screening?
Do you have any further questions about this position or our agency in general?