Tips for a Professional Interview
Recommended Do’s and Dont’s
Below are some suggestions to hopefully help you have a better chance to get the job!
First impressions matter. Based on much family feedback, here are some of the reasons why a family didn’t consider the nanny:
- The Nanny did not arrive on time. (Ring the bell 3- minutes early. Give yourself extra 20 minutes of drive time in case of unexpected delays.
- The Nanny did not play with our children. She did not talk to them or try to make friends?
- The Nanny was not wearing appropriate clothing. (They do not like shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, leggings, suits, large jewelry/earrings, very long fingernails, etc.)
- The Nanny was not able to tell us about her childcare experience.
- Her resume did not match what she said.
Conducting a Professional Interview
The agency gives the family the resume you gave to us. But be prepared to bring your resume, letters of recommendation and any pictures of the children you cared for.
PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THE INTERVIEW
It is up to you to prepare for your family interview.
- Be prepared to give a clear and concise response about your experience, including examples of your job duties.
- Practice summarizing your employment history including who you worked for, what dates you worked for them and what your job duties were.
- Carefully read the job description again before you meet the family.
- Cover all tattoos and remove all piercings.
- Be sure to have clean and done hair and do not over-apply makeup.
- Wear appropriate attire. No shorts above the knee, t-shirts, low-cut shirts, big jewelry, high-heels, flip-flops, yoga pants, jeans or power suits.
- Do not wear scented perfumes or lotions.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE INTERVIEW
If you have them, it’s a good idea to take a childcare resume, letters of recommendation or any childcare-related certifications that you would like for the family to see.
WHAT IS YOUR NANNY PLAN
Families want to know how you will help their child to achieve developmental milestones. What will be your daily, weekly, and monthly educational and socialization goals? Why does that make you the perfect hire?
Prepare to give examples of what development plans you will implement to address the child’s educational learning, socialization, and emotional development needs.
NO CELL PHONE SOUNDS
Turn your cell phone OFF, or leave it in the car.
DO NOT BE LATE
This is the very first impression the family has about you. It always impacts your chance of getting the job.
YOU ARE A NANNY – It’s a good idea to refer to yourself correctly as a “Nanny,” not a babysitter.
IT’S OKAY TO ASK QUESTIONS TOO
Bring 2-3 questions to the interview.
(Please note: sometimes a family will change some job duties as they go through the hiring process. Its important that the agency be notified of any changes to the schedule or job duties in this case).
Please call or text the agency after your interview. We want to know how it went! 561-923-0856.