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Winning Interview Tips for Nannies & Babysitters

Nannies and babysitters! Please use these winning interview tips to help you find the perfect childcare job!




  1. What is your current position (course, university, workplace).
  2. Tell me about your past experience of childcare (where, when, who).
  3. Do you have any special qualifications? (First Aid?)
  4. Why do you want to do babysitting or nannying?
  5. What are your interests and hobbies?
  6. How would you manage a specific issue (eg separation anxiety when parent leaves, resettling the baby to sleep)?
  7. Have you ever had an emergency situation and what did you do?
  8. What hours are you available?
  9. What is your hourly rate?
  10. Do you have a driver's license and a car?
  11. Do you have a Police Check?
  12. Do you have references available?

Additional questions for nannies:

  1. What are the types of games you'd play with the child (specific to his/her age and interests)? See our resource on "Fun Crafts, Songs & Activities" for ideas!
  2. Give an example of how you have managed a particular childcare issue in the past.
  3. Why have you left previous jobs?
  4. Have you kept in touch with other families you have worked for?


  1. What is the age of the child?
  2. Tell me about his/her personality.
  3. What are his/her likes and dislikes?
  4. Does he/she have a comfort toy &/or dummy?
  5. Would I be required to feed her/him? What types of food?
  6. If he/she is an infant - is the child bottle or breastfed? Will he/she take a bottle from me?
  7. Does he/she have any allergies?
  8. Does he/she have any special needs?
  9. Do you have a routine I should follow? (eg bedtime routine)
  10. If I need to resettle the child, what settling strategies do you use?
  11. Are there any other duties required, apart from childcare?
  12. What other childcare have you used? (for nannies)
  13. How has your child adjusted to this care? (for nannies)
  14. How would you like to transition your child into my care? (for nannies)
  15. What hours would you like me to work? Daytime / evening / frequency and duration?
  16. My minimum hourly rate is $x.


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