From the session: A New Mom’s Guide To Hiring A Nanny (By Busayomi Popoola)

Questions to ask a potential nanny about the position:

  • 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/neighborhood?

Questions to ask a potential nanny about training, education and background

  • Why did you get involved in child care 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 classes if presented with the opportunity? 
  • Are you fluent in any other languages besides English? If so, would you be comfortable speaking in another language to the children?

Questions to ask a potential nanny about their work experience

  • Why did you leave your last job?
  •  What are the ages of the children you’ve cared for? 
  • What are your favourite ages to care for and why? 
  • 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 you were taking care of?
  •  Have you ever had to handle an emergency or been witness to a life-threatening situation with a child? If yes, what happened and how did you react?
  • Do you have experience with children who have medical needs? 
  • Are you comfortable administering medicine? 
  • Do you have experience preparing bottles? 
  • Do you have experience following dietary restrictions and avoiding food allergies? 
  • Do you have experience introducing a baby to solid food? 
  • Do you have experience navigating unusual or difficult family dynamics? 
  • 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?

Questions to ask a potential nanny about 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 do you pursue any interests outside of work? 
  • Do you have any dietary restrictions?

Interview Red Flags

  • Body language
  • Facial expression when asking them questions
  • Response to questions
  • Reasons why they need the job
  • Reason they left their later job

You can access the full session: A New Mom’s Guide To Hiring A Nanny (By Busayomi Popoola) , Here

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