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NANNY INTERVIEW TIPS

in Interesting, Job news
13 Sep 2017

There are so many amazing Nannies out there and we work closely with our families to find the perfect Nanny for their position.

Nannies who reach the stage of being put forward for a family interview should be proud of themselves for getting this far. This means the family are already impressed with their experience and would like to meet them in person. 

Here are some of our top tips to help Family Interviews go smoothly and successfully:

 

1. Parents rely on their Nanny being on time, so turning up late for an interview is a bad start. Research the journey and consider traffic and public transport delays. Get there early to avoid being flustered. Arriving 5-10 minutes early always looks good.

2. Take items to show the family. This shows initiative and will give you something familiar to draw upon in the interview which can help calm your nerves. Examples include a Nanny folder, qualification certificates, thank-you cards, photos, reference letters, activity examples for the children etc.

3.Read the job description thoroughly. Research the area and think about local activities that you could incorporate into the role. This will show the family you're keen and help them to envisage you within the role.

4. Dress appropriately and remember that you only have one chance to make a first impression. Think smart casual clothing and be diligent with make-up, jewellery and perfume (parents or children may be sensitive to scents). Think about the role of a Nanny - comfort is important. Being overly dressy, wearing impractical items or showing too much skin could invoke negative views regarding your capability for the role.

5. Prepare some questions that you’d like to ask the parents to show you're interested in the role. Ask about the children, routines and how you could potentially fit into their family.

5. Prepare some answers to questions that parents are likely to ask so that you’re prepared. If you are caught off guard, try to remain calm and answer as best you can. Draw on your previous experiences. It’s likely that the parents are just keen to learn more about how you could fit into their lifestyle and family.

7. The most important thing is to be yourself. Be honest and draw upon positive experiences or examples you've had as a Nanny. Discuss previous children you've cared for and how previous roles have shaped your Nanny career. Remember to smile and let your personality shine through.

8. If the children are present, show an interest and engage with them. After all, the parents may be watching to see how you interact with and respond to them. This will help to show that you have a genuine love for working with children, which is what parents look for.

9. Be polite and courteous. Always thank the parents for taking the time to meet with you. Leaving an interview on a positive note is always good. 

10. Every family and Nanny is different and if you don’t get a position, try not to take this personally. Use the experience as a learning practice. We always request feedback from parents post-interview so that we can provide Nannies with constructive feedback. There are so many amazing jobs so remain positive!