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How to interview a nanny for your expat family

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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