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.