You’ll need to do 2 or 3 interviews with candidates. The first will be a phone interview with basic information:
- How many children you have and their ages
- What hours you need her to work
- Whether you need a live-in or live-out nanny
- The salary you’re offering
- If she will be the only one supervising the children or if another adult will be in the house
- What duties you expect her to do around the house
- What activities you expect her to do with the children
- If she needs to transport the children in her vehicle or if she will be using your vehicle
- Holiday pay, vacation pay, sick pay and any other benefits you are offering.
If you are happy with the phone interview, you can ask for a second interview, with just yourself or yourself and your spouse. During this interview, you’ll get more in-depth:
- Last job (how long it lasted, why she left it)
- How long is she planning to stay in this position
- Discipline philosophy
- First Aid and CPR training
- Cooking and dietary needs
- Does she smoke?
- Visitors she may have
- Any hobbies that she may share with the children (example: musical instruments)
- Personal or religious beliefs
You will need to ask her if it is ok to do a background check, and if she will be driving your children, you probably also want to ask her for a Motor Vehicle Report. She can request this at any local DMV and they will provide it for a fee.
After you’ve checked references and done her background check, you’ll want to have another interview where she meets the children. You can also ask any follow-up questions at this time. Allow approximately two hours for this so you can watch her interact with your children.