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Hiring Advice

A clear understanding of the job is the key to success. Our book, 50 Parent Commandments, addresses many of the topics that should be discussed during the Nanny/Family interviewing process.

Hiring a babysitter or a nanny involves asking the right questions. My Good Nanny  is happy to offer a compilation of common questions and topics to use as a guide when interviewing a potential candidate. For more details around these questions please see 50 Parent Commandments.
Background, Drives, and Values
  • Why are you in this line of work?
  • What are your strengths?  What do you do best?
  • What are your weaknesses?   What would you delegate if you could?
  • What would you do if you had more spare time?
  • Tell me about your experience working in this field.
  • What is your education or training in regards to this type of work?
  • What were your responsibilities in your last position?
  • What did you like most about your last position? What did you like least?
  • What was the reason for leaving your last position?
  • Ask the candidate to explain what they understand to be the duties and expectations.
  • Verify that the candidate is completely comfortable with all requirements.
  • If filling a Nanny position, go over the ages of the children and their activities as well as the responsibilities.
  • Review the daily schedule.
  • Mention any ancillary responsibilities, such as running errands, meal preparation, and other light housekeeping duties.
Driving and Transportation 
  • Candidates may drive their own car, or you can provide one to them. Discuss this in the interview.
  • If the candidate’s car is to be used, is there a mileage or gas reimbursement?
  • If a car is provided for the candidate’s personal use, discuss frequency, cost and restrictions.
  • Make sure that all vehicles are properly insured and discuss how things would be handled in the case of an accident.
Hours and Salary
  • Discuss the required hours of the position and any flexibility that is needed.
  • What hourly, weekly or monthly pay rate will you offer? How often would it be paid?
  • How does the candidate feel about working weekends? Evenings?
  • Will you be withholding all required taxes?  Do you plan to pay the employee’s share of Medicare and Social Security taxes?
  • Discuss any overtime you will pay. Note, the IRS considers all domestic employees to be non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, meaning they qualify for overtime pay.
For Live-In Positions:
  • Describe the living arrangements.
  • Discuss holiday schedule and payment.
  • Discuss who will be responsible for the payment of any utility bills.

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