How to Interview Nanny Candidates When hiring a new nanny, clearly, you don't want to take any chances. Before hiring a nanny, it is vital to ask several questions, some uncomfortable ones. Good interview questions may provide insights\u00a0to\u00a0the\u00a0nanny\u2019s\u00a0abilities and demeanor. To make the task simple here are a few nanny interview questions which you may consider before you hire. Experience and Training \u2022 How long have you been a nanny? \u2022 How old were the children you cared for? \u2022 Do you have any formal early childhood development or childcare training? \u2022 Would you be willing to take classes to further your education in childcare? \u2022 Do you have emergency training such as CPR or First Aid? If not, would you be willing to take CPR classes and first-aid training? \u2022 What would you do if my child was sick or had an accident? \u2022 Would you mind if I ran a background check? Nanny Career \u2022 Why did you choose to become a nanny? \u2022 What do you think the difference is between a babysitter and a nanny? \u2022 Why are you looking for a new position? \u2022 What do you like most and least about being a nanny? \u2022 What do children like best about you? \u2022 How do you discipline children when they misbehave? Can you give me an example? \u2022 Would you be willing to follow my rules on discipline? \u2022 What child development books\/authors do you like? \u2022 What is your view on nutrition for children? Do you cook for them? \u2022 What things would you need from me to be most successful? \u2022 If our roles were reversed, what would you look for in hiring a nanny? \u2022 What questions have I not asked that you think are important to know about you? Specific Baby Questions \u2022 How do you handle a crying baby? \u2022 What would you do if the baby won\u2019t stop crying? \u2022 How long do you think a baby should be left to cry? \u2022 How often do you change a baby or feed a baby? \u2022 What methods do you like to use to help a baby learn to sleep in their crib, for a nap or through the night? Toddler Specific Questions \u2022 What activities are most popular for you with a child this age? \u2022 How much television do you think is appropriate for this age? \u2022 How would you handle throwing things, tearing books, biting, etc. \u2022 If our child wanted to play or do something different while you were cleaning up something, what would you do? \u2022 How would you handle a temper tantrum in public? In our home? \u2022 Have you potty trained children in the past? Responsibilities and Salary \u2022 Do you have any future plans that would put a limit on how long you would be able to be a nanny? \u2022 Would you be able to drive your car with the children? Is your car in good condition? \u2022 Have you had any accidents, and is your car insurance current? \u2022 Do you want a live-in arrangement? \u2022 If it's not a live-in arrangement, where do you live and how would you get to work? \u2022 If it's not a live-in arrangement, would you bring your own food or expect meals to be provided? \u2022 Do you smoke? \u2022 Are you willing to do light chores while our baby is sleeping? Which ones? \u2022 Do you have any issues that could interfere with a regular work schedule? \u2022 When would you be able to start working? \u2022 Would you ever be available to work evenings or weekends? \u2022 Would you be available to travel with our family for weekends\/vacations? \u2022 When do you expect to take a vacation of your own? \u2022 For salary there are new rules on what you can and cannot ask a potential employee in some states. Do some checking with other parents or communities to see what the going rates are for your area then assess a potential range you would be most comfortable with. Generally you can ask what salary they are looking for the responsibilities and hours you have discussed. \u2022 Know that many nannies have been paid \u201cunder the table\u201d if not through an agency. An easy way to address this is to ask if the payment terms (weekly payroll check or every other week) would be acceptable to them. References and Background Checks Ask for a few references of recent (preferably current employer) nanny position employers. There is a limit to legal questions you may ask a reference however most parents are fairly open when conducting reference checks. Most questions about verifying hire dates, were they good with the children are standard. You may want to ask if they have any recommendations for you on working best with this nanny. Remember that potential hires are in control of the information they share with you and the references they have you call. They usually will give you the best people who will give the best information about them. You may want to consider using a background check company to run a complete search before completing a hire. Companies like backgroundcheck.com specialize in nannies. Trial Run Trial runs are a great way to see how the potential nanny would interact with your children but also allow the nanny a chance to meet the children and see if it is a fit for them as well. You may want to consider an hour or two for the children to spend time with the nanny while you are home.