Posted - January 7, 2023

Match Making: Nanny Interview Tips

Searching for your next nanny role with a family is a match-making process and requires thorough consideration and due diligence. Without it, nannies can find themselves unhappy and in unfavorable positions. This is why we encourage nannies to invest deeply in the interview process. Your happiness depends on it.
A career nanny interviewing on a computer

An interview is an opportunity for the nanny and the family to get to know each other and determine if they are a good fit. Being professional, courteous, and respectful throughout the process is essential.

  1. To determine if the family is a good fit: A nanny will be spending a lot of time with the family and the children, so it’s essential to make sure that the arrangement will be a good fit for both parties. By interviewing the family, the nanny can get a sense of the family’s expectations and needs, as well as their personality and values. This can help the nanny determine if they would be comfortable working with the family.

  2. To negotiate terms and expectations: The nanny interview is also an opportunity for the nanny to discuss the terms of the job, including the schedule, duties, and compensation. By examining these details, the nanny and the family can ensure that they are on the same page and that the arrangement will be mutually beneficial.

  3. To learn more about the family: The nanny interview is a chance for the nanny to learn more about the family and the children they will be caring for. This can help the nanny prepare for the job and ensure they can provide the care and support the family needs.

Overall, interviewing a family is essential in determining whether a family is a good fit. Just as families interview nannies, nannies should be comfortable and confident in determining whether the family is a potential good match. It allows both parties to get to know each other and make an informed decision about whether or not to enter into a working relationship.

Here are some questions that a nanny might ask a potential family during an interview:

  • What are the ages and personalities of the children you need care for?
  • What are your expectations for the nanny’s role in caring for the children?
  • What is the schedule for the nanny’s work hours and days?
  • Are there any specific tasks or responsibilities you would like the nanny to take on, such as driving the children to activities, preparing meals, or helping with homework?
  • How do you handle discipline with the children?
  • How do you envision the nanny interacting with the children and supporting their development?
  • Are there any particular routines or procedures you would like the nanny to follow in caring for the children?
  • Do you have any pets, and if so, will the nanny be responsible for caring for them?
  • How will the nanny’s performance be evaluated, and how will any issues be addressed?
  • Is the family open to the nanny bringing their children to work, if applicable?

Asking these questions will help the nanny understand the family’s expectations and needs and allow the family to learn more about the nanny’s experience and approach to child care. Both parties need to be open and honest to determine if they are a good fit for each other.

Here are some ways that a nanny candidate can stand out:

  1. Be well-prepared: Bring a resume showcasing your experience, qualifications, references, and relevant certifications or training. Come to the interview with a list of questions about the job and the family’s expectations.

  2. Demonstrate your passion for working with children: Show the family that you are enthusiastic and dedicated to providing high-quality care. Share stories about your previous experiences working with children and explain why you enjoy it.

  3. Be flexible and adaptable: Show the family that you are willing to be flexible and adjust to their needs. Discuss your availability and any specific requests or requirements the family has.

  4. Be professional: Dress appropriately for the interview and arrive on time. Be courteous and respectful throughout the process.

  5. Show your personality: While being professional is essential, it’s also important to let your personality shine. The family is looking for someone who will fit their household well, so don’t be afraid to let your personality come through.

  6. Follow up after the interview: Send a thank-you note or email to the family after the interview, expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the position. This shows that you are serious about the job and value their time.


  • Arrive late or unprepared for the interview
  • Dress too casually or inappropriately
  • Speak negatively about previous employers or experiences
  • Seem disinterested or unwilling to discuss the job requirements or the needs of the family
  • Neglect to follow up after the interview

Most importantly, be yourself, and have fun! Interviewing doesn’t have to be painful, and with an agency like Hello, Nanny! you have the support and guidance to help you land your next dream family! Apply Today!