Interview Preparation Tips

The interview is the chance for both the parents and the caregiver to determine if they are the right fit for each other.
With every interview, make sure you have all the required documents to prove your checks and qualifications, which include

  • Qualifications
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Police Check
  • Work with Children Check
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Reference letters

To best prepare for the interview, consider all the questions a parent will ask you about your personality, lifestyle, interests and experience. You will likely be asked about how you have handled difficult situations, so be sure to have a number of examples to showcase your caregiving abilities.

You also want to have a list of questions prepared to ask the parents, so you can determine if the job is the right fit for you. It is essential that you make a list of things you need to know about the family, their children, and how the engagement will likely work.
To help you prepare, here are a few questions to consider. The most important thing is that all expectations are discussed and agreed to before any engagement commences.

About the Children #

  • What do I need to know about your children?
  • Can you introduce me to them?
  • How do you discipline your children?
  • Which childcare methods or philosophies do you prefer?
  • Are there any special needs I need to be aware of?

About Your Role #

  • How do you imagine a nanny’s role in your family?
  • How do you expect me to contribute to the development of your children?
  • What are the hours, duties and conditions of the role?
  • What happens if more is requested, particularly at short notice?
  • What’s the best way to communicate with you?

About the House #

  • What are your house rules?
  • What do I need to know about safety and security?
  • What are the expectations for how the house is kept?
  • Do you have a fully-stocked first aid kit?
  • Do I use your family car or my own car to take children to school and other activities?

If the interview goes well, many parents will ask potential candidates for a trial or probation period. This allows for the children to react to the new dynamic, and also provides an opportunity for the parents and the caregiver to understand the working arrangement before committing. The parents are lawfully required to remunerate the caregiver during the trial.

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