Types of nanny interviews

Video calls

Many of our first interviews will be conducted via video call (especially during the current pandemic). If a family wishes to interview you, you will be contacted by Bubble to set up a time. If you are, please make yourself available at the scheduled time and ensure that there are no distractions or background noise.

Face to face 

These interviews are usually conducted in the family home, although sometimes the family might ask to meet you somewhere else (such as a café or restaurant). They may even ask you to stay for the day or weekend so that they can observe how you interact with their children.

Nanny interview tips

Here’s some guidance on how you can best prepare for your interview as a nanny:

Be prepared

Try to get as much information as possible on the position before your interview. As well as making sure you have a reasonable understanding of the job and its requirements, it’s also a good idea to have a list of questions that you’d like to ask the family. This shows that you have a genuine interest in the position and the family, and reflects that you are a thoughtful, reliable person.

Be on time

For face-to-face interviews, make sure to arrive in the area at least 10 minutes before the scheduled interview time. Not only will this give you an opportunity to explore the neighbourhood a little bit, it will also create a good impression. Reliability is an important quality for a nanny job, and arriving late (even with an excuse!) will just create an impression of disorganization.

Similarly, do not arrive too early for an interview otherwise you might disturb the family’s daily routine. We’d recommend ringing the doorbell 5 minutes before the agreed time in order to maximise your chances of success!

Make a good impression

First impressions last, so it’s really important to get them right! When you arrive, say hello, ask if they would prefer you to keep your shoes on or off, and ask to wash your hands. Be positive and make sure to smile!

Be polite

You are interviewing for a nanny position, therefore parents look at you as a potential role model for their children. Make sure to be polite and respectful at all times throughout the interview.

Dress appropriately

Your appearance should be clean, smart and professional, so do make sure that your nails are clean, short and without bright nail polish before the interview. Keep in mind also that you may also be meeting the children, therefore your outfit should also be comfortable and child-friendly.

Talk lots

The family are trying to get to know you, so it’s important to be honest in your answers and say more than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Try to speak clearly and avoid filler words (‘um’ and ‘ah’) where possible. The most important thing to remember is to always tell the truth – honestly is crucial when you’re starting a relationship with a potential employer.

Interact with the children

If the children are there, don’t ignore them! Make eye contact, say hi and ask simple questions such as their name and age. Showing your love for children and a desire to build a relationship with them is vital when interviewing for a nanny position.

Ask questions

You need to know as much as possible about the position that you’re going for, and asking questions during the interview shows that you are keen and diligent. Here are some of the topics you should cover:

  • Duties: Discuss what will be expected of you as a nanny – is there housework involved or will you only be looking after the children? Who is responsible for disciplining the children and what methods do they prefer to use? Are there specific things should you do with the children, e.g. tutoring, homework help, school runs etc?
  • Working hoursConfirm the amount of hours you will be required to work per week, on which days, and how much flexibility is needed/granted. You can also discuss any overtime or babysitting they might require.
  • Holidays: Ask whether you will be required to travel with the family when they go on holidays. Also discuss your own holidays, in case there is a certain period in which the family would like you to take them or if it is flexible. However, do not ask for holidays or time off in advance – this may give a bad impression!
  • Accommodation: If it’s a live-in nanny position role, families will usually provide you with a room. Make sure to discuss living arrangements beforehand and ask if you can see the accommodation.

 

Prepare your answers

Just as you will have a lot of questions for the family, they will also have things that they want to ask you! Here are some frequently asked questions during a nanny interview, which you should be prepared to answer in detail:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why did you become a nanny?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • What was your last job like?
  • What did you enjoy most about your last nanny job?
  • What did you dislike most about your last nanny job?
  • What do you think children like the best about you?
  • What sort of activities did you do with children in your care?
  • What do you consider the most challenging part of being a nanny?
  • Why do you think you are suited to this nanny job?
  • What is your view on discipline?
  • How would you handle a temper tantrum?
  • What would you do if my child was seriously hurt?
  • What would you do if my child has a fever?

 

As mentioned previously, the main thing to remember when answering is to be honest, polite and clear – this will help both you and the family make a good decision.

Feedback

Please do give us feedback after an interview with a family. We’re here to help, give you advice and find a compromise between you and the family. Good luck with the interview!