Interview Tips for Babysitters and Nannies
Please use these winning interview tips to help you find a suitable childcare job.
- Take a folder with copies of your photo ID (e.g. Driver's License), your Working With Children Check, Police Check, references and a brief Resume.
- Dress appropriately for the interview in smart casual clothing.
- Allow plenty of time to get to the interview - particularly if relying on public transport.
- Arrive 5 minutes early for the interview, so you feel relaxed and prepared.
- Prepare some answers to questions that parents are likely to ask (see the list below), so you will be confident.
- Prepare a list of questions you might like to ask the parents or child to show that you are interested.
- Be honest and open.
- On arrival, make polite conversation before moving onto the interview questions.
- Parents are looking for someone who can fit into their home - so just be yourself!
- When answering questions, keep it short, simple and stay on the topic.
- Make sure you include the children during the interview. Parents will want to see how you relate.
Questions parents might like to ask babysitters/nannies
- What is your current position? (course, university, workplace).
- Tell me about your previous childcare experience? (where, when, who).
- Do you have any special qualifications? (First Aid?)
- Why do you want to do babysitting or nannying?
- What are your interests and hobbies?
- How would you manage a specific issue? (eg separation anxiety when parent leaves, resettling the baby to sleep).
- Have you ever had an emergency situation and what did you do?
- What hours are you available?
- What is your hourly rate?
- Do you have a driver's license and a car?
- Do you have a Police Check or Working with Children Check?
- Do you have references available?
Questions babysitters or nannies might like to ask parents
- What is the age of the child or children?
- Tell me about his/her personality.
- What are his/her likes and dislikes?
- Does he/she have a comfort toy and/or dummy?
- What are her/his favourite things - games, music, tv shows?
- Would I be required to feed her/him? What types of food?
- If he/she is an infant - Will he/she take a bottle from me?
- Does he/she have any allergies? If so, is there an action plan if there's a problem?
- Does he/she have any special needs?
- Do you have a routine I should follow? (e.g., bedtime routine).
- If I need to resettle the child, what settling strategies do you use?
- Are there any other duties required, apart from childcare?
- What other childcare have you used? (for nannies)
- How has your child adjusted to this care? (for nannies)
- How would you like to transition your child into my care? (for nannies)
- What hours would you like me to work? Daytime / evening / frequency and duration?
My minimum hourly rate is $x.