How To Answer Standard, Non-Industry-Specific Questions
While there are interview questions that are highly specific to nannies, you will also get standard questions about your work history and background that you should prepare for. Here are our top questions:
What is your current position and why do you want to leave?
You should be honest about this point, because your prospective employer may and will definitely check on your background. Always frame your answers in a positive light when addressing this question. NEVER MAKE YOUR PREVIOUS CLIENTS LOOK BAD. You want to demonstrate a professional attitude to potential new employers, and a positive attitude will help to win them over.
Outline your previous positions and why you left each one.
Remember that your prospective employer is looking for trustworthiness, integrity and efficiency. If you have had an issue in a previous employment, again look to the positive. Be honest about what happened, acknowledge your own failings and then highlight how you have learned from the mistake, improved and bettered yourself as a professional.
Have you ever had a period of unemployment? Why?
As in the previous point, you should also be honest, and provided that the reasons were valid: A personal tragedy such as an accident, health issues, and the like, then feel free to outline the circumstances that preceded your period of unemployment. If the unemployment was due to professional mistakes on your part, then acknowledge, and again, without going into deep details, assure your prospective employer that, since then, you have improved. Also stress more recent jobs that showed what an excellent employee you are, unemployment period notwithstanding.
About your family background, hobbies, etc.
Be concise, positive, and honest. Just show that you are a person who is capable of taking care of children, and that you could be trusted with taking care of THEIR children, as well.
As regards hobbies, make sure that you list down the wholesome ones. If you do love going out and being part of the club scene, there’s nothing wrong with that, but leave that out of the interview. Cite your other activities instead. If you don’t do anything else, then maybe it’s time to start adding new, family-friendly fun things to do on your days off.
When would you be available to start a new position?
If you are available immediately, then go for it! If you are still employed, however, ask or negotiate a reasonable time frame where you can resign from your old job and not leave your previous boss hanging. If your new employers are keen on hiring you, they may wait for you. If they are in a hurry, then work something out on the end of your previous employer.
What salary are you seeking?
You should have an idea in mind for each position how much you would like to be paid. However, salaries are negotiable and you need to prove to the family during your interviews and trial periods that you are worth what they are paying you. If you are asking MORE than the going rate, you need to demonstrate why you are worth that. If you are not sure what you want, a good approach at interview is to say ‘I’m really interested in the role so I’m happy to be flexible about the rate so we can negotiate something that is fair for all of us.’ That shows your interest in the role but also buys you some time to speak to your consultant about what to ask for/ expect.
As always remember during your interview that the number one priority for parents is that their children are being cared for by a calm, responsible and loving person!
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