It can be hard to look after children, work, and maintain a good balance in expat families. Getting help with raising your children can be a godsend, and hiring a nanny can become a fixture for your family and household. Nannies can help with your children's schoolwork; help run your house and errands. But how do you know who is a good fit? What are the right questions to ask when hiring a nanny?
Here are Her Expat Life's top questions for interviewing a nanny.
1: Be thorough when asking about their training, background & education.
Why did you get involved in childcare work?
How long have you been a caregiver?
Do you have (or are you willing to get) CPR or baby first-aid training?
What is your education level?
Have you taken classes in child care? Would you be willing to take courses if presented with the opportunity?
Are you fluent in any other languages besides English? If so, would you be comfortable speaking another language to the children?
2: Quiz them as to why they want the job.
Why do you want this job?
What are you looking for in your next position?
Do you have any questions about the job description?
Do you know your way around my town/city/neighbourhood?
3: Make sure you ask in-depth questions about their previous work/employment as a nanny.
Why did you leave your last job?
What are the ages of the children you've cared for?
What is your favourite part about being a nanny?
What's your least favourite part?
What was the most challenging experience you had with a child in your care?
Have you ever had to handle an emergency or witness a life-threatening situation with a child?
4: Ask for References
Get contact for with previous families and contact them to get a feel for what the person was like
Tell me about the work style of your past employers. Was it a casual environment, or was there a strict schedule?
What additional duties did you perform in your previous jobs? Did you do any light cleaning or run household errands?
5: Ask about their lifestyle
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Do you have any hobbies or pursue any interests outside of work?
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