You've just been introduced to a family – great news! Here are our top tips for making the interview a success.
Arrange a time and date
- The family will suggest these but if you can’t make any of the dates your family has suggested, don’t worry. Simply click ‘I can’t do any of these times’ and you will get the chance to talk to the family directly and suggest some times of your own.
Make the right first impression
- Be on time or early (leave plenty of time for getting lost!)
- Be positive and enthusiastic
- If you're meeting the children, be sure to interact and engage with them as well as the parents
- Confirm the days and hours they are looking for care, and when they want someone to start
Or for a phone interview…
- A phone interview is a bit different from a face to face meeting. Your voice has to do all the work! Normally you can let your facial expressions and body language express your emotions, but over the phone your voice has to show all your enthusiasm.
- Make the phone call on time! This is absolutely crucial as a late call will give a bad first impression.
- Remember to go somewhere quiet and speak clearly!
Be prepared – here are some questions the family might ask you
- What prior experience do you have?
- Why are you interested in becoming an after school nanny?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- Would you feel confident helping with English/maths/… homework?
- What kind of fun activities would you like to do with our child?
- Have you got any skills or talents that you'd like to share with my children?
- Would you be happy to help out with extra babysitting on evenings and weekends?
- Would you be happy to help out with additional activities outside of your regular hours e.g. dog walking, batch cooking?
- Are you available to help out in the school holidays?
Here are some suggestions for good questions to ask the family
- Can you tell me about the kids’ personalities? What kinds of activities do they love doing?
- Would you like me to follow a daily routine with the children?
- What are your rules on screen time?
- Are there any foods the children can't or shouldn't eat?
- Have you had a nanny before? If so, what did they do that was really great/not so great?
After the interview
It's always a good idea to drop the family a message after your interview. Thank them for taking the time to meet you, tell them how much you enjoyed meeting them (and the children), and let them know that you're look forward to hearing from them.
You can tell us how the meeting went by filling in this
Here's an example of positive feedback we got recently from a parent about a Koru Kids nanny. It's a great example of what parents are looking for in a nanny at interview…
"She was 20 minutes early, which is always a good sign, and extremely polite from the moment she entered the house. She was very pleasant, kept smiling and showed an interest in my daughter by asking questions, which was really nice."
Nervous about meeting the family for the first time? Click here to see a video on how nanny Nancy deals with the situation!