Suggested Nanny Interview Questions

First, Tell the nanny about your family and children…then ask the questions you feel will give you the information you need to know.

  • Why are you interested in this job? Look for thoughtful answers, not someone who doesn't have a better idea! Answers should include more than “I love children”.
  • What appeals to you about taking care of children in their own home rather than a child care center or someone else’s home?
  • What do you think the difference is between a babysitter and a nanny?
  • Describe your last child care experience and why it ended.
  • What was your most difficult experience in child care and how did you resolve it?
  • How were you disciplined as a child? What would you do differently with your own children?
  • What do you find to be the most challenging (or interesting) part of working with children?
  • Summarize your child rearing philosophy?
  • What is your view on nutrition for children?
  • What is your general philosophy on etiquette for children?
  • What is your basic philosophy on discipline?
  • What is your opinion on spanking?
  • How do you feel about imaginative play that includes the use of toy guns as props?
  • What are your thoughts about masturbation? How would you handle it if you noticed that my (insert age) was masturbating?
  • What would you do if my child bit another child? What would you do if my child bit you
  • What would you do if my child hit or hurt another child? What would you do if my child hit or hurt you?
  • How would you handle it if my child lied to you?
  • What are your thoughts on sunscreen and protection from the sun for children?
  • Tell me a time when you felt like you lost motivation in a job?
  • Tell me about the most difficult child/family/parent you have worked with?
  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
  • What additional household responsibilities are you comfortable taking on as a nanny? I.e. meal prep, laundry, cleaning, setting up appointments, pet care, etc.
  • Tell me about your childhood and your current relationship with your family.
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What television shows do you enjoy watching? How often will the television be on and what programs will be shown?
  • Will my child play outside every day?
  • What activities would you plan for my child during the day?
  • How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?
  • How are you at voicing your concerns about unexpected issues that may arise? Are you comfortable bringing up issues with the parents?
  • How have you responded when a former boss has brought up unexpected issues with you?
  • Give me some examples of unexpected issues that have come up in your previous jobs and how you and your former employer worked things out?
  • How would you feel if I brought up an issue with the children and I felt very strongly that I wanted it handled a certain way? In other words, if I couldn't see a way to compromise on an issue, do you think you could work with that
  • Would you be willing to sign a confidentiality clause? What does confidentiality mean to you?
  • If you have guns in your household ask - Are you comfortable working in a household with guns? Do you know gun safety and are you able to shoot? If not, do you want to learn?
  • If you work at home, ask - Have you ever worked for parents who work at home? Are you comfortable with that? What pros and cons do you see working for WAH parents?
  • Confirm your non-negotiable items. Do you have a current driver's license? Are you willing to travel with our family? Are you able to do occasional overnights with notice? Are you willing to submit to a criminal background check?