How To Find The Perfect Nanny Job
Just as parents need to make some effort to find the perfect nanny, nannies who take the time to thoroughly prepare for the job search and interview process are going to be in a much better position to find that perfect nanny job.
Here are just a few tips to help you get to the interview stage for a nanny job, and beyond.
Decide on what you want
The first step is to be clear on what sort of job you want before you start applying. Write down a list that covers your available days and hours, your flexibility, suitable locations (or how far you are happy to travel), ideal wage bracket, preferred number and age of children.
Consider if you are flexible enough to adapt your nannying style to different households. And finally, write a list of things you definitely don’t want to do (cleaning for instance).
The job search
Once you have a clear focus, it’s time to start the job search. Narrow down job listings into those that best fit your criteria. Prepare yourself before making the call and always phone with a pen and paper next to you so that you can write down notes and confirm interview date, address and a contact number.
The first impression
First impressions count. As a nanny, you’ll be interacting with children, so you need clothes that fit the bill. Having said that, professionalism pays, so for the interview opt for something like smart pants and a nice shirt rather than anything too casual.
Always arrive a few minutes early, and if there is a completely unforeseen circumstance that means you’ll be late, phone ahead immediately.
Before heading to the interview, read the advertisement again to be sure you are clear on the basic facts, and write down a list of questions. Asking questions will help clarify all aspects of the role, and show that you are interested and enthusiastic.
Practice makes perfect
During an interview you will be asked an assortment of questions, and it’s a good idea to have a think about possible answers beforehand. The following are just a few examples of the sorts of questions you might come across:
- What do you like about being a nanny?
- What sort of role are you after long-term?
- Can you give me an example of a problem or emergency in a previous role, and how you handled it?
- What do you think would be the best way to handle my child if they had a tantrum in the park?
- Why did you leave your last position?
Interviews can be daunting, so breathe deeply and try and remain calm. When you are calm, it’s much easier to stay focused and answer questions easily, without being left blank due to nerves.
Just remember the people interviewing you for a nanny job are doing so because they want to get to know you – and not to terrify you ! Finally, always be friendly and polite; and a follow up call or email is always a good idea.