The next interview should ideally be at your home, so your candidate can
become familiar with the environment. For the first interview, arrange a
time when the children won’t be at home, so you won’t be distracted and
you’ll have uninterrupted time to talk.
The purpose of this meeting is to determine how well the candidate meets
your needs. Remember to have your list of an ideal candidate so you can
form a decision based on your priorities.
A meeting like this can give a mass of clues and information that will
allow you to reach a decision.
Check the following:
- Did the candidate arrive on time?
- If not, did they call ahead to notify you? This is important, as
you’ll need to heavily depend on their reliability in this job.
- Did they come prepared with a resume or other documents you
asked for? Again, this is important for reliability.
Your focus should be on two tracks: practical and emotional.
On the practical track, ask about her skills, and make sure she has what
it takes to get the job done. Give lots of room for your candidate to
Here are a few ideas of questions you could ask:
- How will you get to my home? Do you have access to reliable transport?
- Do you know how to cook or just re-heat pre-prepared food? What can
- Are you available to begin on the start date?
- Are you legally able to work in this country? Did you bring the
documentation to prove it?
- (If she’s young:) Do you have permission from your guardian or parent
to be a live-in nanny? What is their telephone number?
This meeting is also the chance to ask questions about how the candidate
will behave towards your children:
Do you have experience looking after children of a similar age to my
Tell me more about your most recent experience with children of that
Why did you choose working with children?
What do you like most about being with children?
What do you like the least?
In your previous jobs, how do you react when they misbehave? How do
you help them cooperate?
How do you calm children down when it becomes too noisy?
Are you organised?
In previous workplaces, did you clean up and wash dishes after a
Inside your mind, as she’s answering your questions, focus on trust. Can
you trust her to offer the help you need? Can you rely on her to turn up
on time to do the job properly? As a carer, does she have the
compassion, warmth and gentleness your children need? Will she be
passive or active as a helper? Look into the person’s eyes and let your
intuition will tell you what you need to know.
After you have all the information you need, schedule a working
interview where the nanny or babysitter will look after your children
while you’re there.