Being a nanny may sound like a menial job, but your role is actually crucial to a family’s well-being. You will be entrusted with the care of a family’s most precious members – their children. So it is important that you can assure them that you are a person worthy of their trust.
We have compiled the 5 most asked questions during a nannying job interview and added some tips on how you, as the applicant, can answer them:
What do you perceive a nanny’s role to be?
The obvious answer to this is to talk about the nitty gritty of the role- nursery duties, school runs, cooking, helping with household jobs etc. To make your response stand out, it’s also important to show your prospective bosse that you understand how much they value their children, and how you intend to show the same level of care and stewardship. At the end of the day, most parents just want someone who is going to care for, cuddle and guide their babies and make them smile!
What do you consider are your qualities with regard to looking after children?
Think about why you are passionate about children before you go to your interviews. This is your chance to tell parents what it is about working with children that you really enjoy. Talk about your particular personality and how it helps you to be great with children- are you bubbly and fun? Your smiles and energy bring a positive atmosphere to the home. Are you quiet, calm and caring? Your gentle manner will naturally attract children to you and help them feel comforted.
Always remember the perspective of the parents who are entrusting you with their children. You can reassure them by communicating how much you value your future bosses’ trust in caring for their children and home.
Are you First Aid trained? What would you do in the case of: bad cuts / burns / blow to the head / choking / fever?
If you don’t know the answer to this, then honesty is always the best policy. Let the parents know that your first aid knowledge needs work, and that you’re planning on completing a first aid course. You must never work with children unless you have a good knowledge of first aid. KiwiOz Nannies can help you complete your first aid course- speak to your consultant for more details.
How do you see your role in disciplining my child/children?
You may have to ask the parent, your prospective boss, how they do things in their household. Ask them for their preferences: Would they like you to have a hand in the discipline of their children? If so, ask them what they would be comfortable for you to administer. Do they have certain disciplinary measures that they apply at home? Ask them if they would like you to have a hand in those. If they would prefer to do the disciplining themselves, then assure them that you would be happy to refer the disciplinary functions back to them.
It’s also important to talk about procedures when discipline has taken place. If you discipline a child when the parents are not present, would they like you to discuss the event with them at the end of the day?
How would you entertain the children on a day-to-day basis?
Do you have your own style of bringing fun and laughter to the kids you’ve worked with? Highlight that. You may also compile photos of the arts and crafts that you’ve worked on with the children you’ve worked with in the past, and show that as a portfolio. It’s also good to outline how you can get the children involved in tasks around the home in a fun, engaging and educational way. Baking, tidying, hanging washing- all of these things can have an element of fun (as well as giving you the chance to get the jobs done!). Trips out and about including music classes, park visits, play dates and swimming classes are also great to mention and get involved in if the parents are interested.
In addition to the above, be prepared to answer the usual questions that prospective employers ask: about your work history, family background, personal hobbies, salary expectations, availability, and driving experience. The key is to answer truthfully, but always positively. If you have had bad experiences, practice rephrasing the experience in a neutral to positive light, and always emphasize what you’ve learned.
Keep a sunny, can-do attitude, and you’ll certainly get the job!
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