Smart casual is the standard of dress that you should go for- long shorts, pants or smart jeans and a long sleeved top/ shirt is always a good option. It the kids are there when you arrive (parents may get the kids to open the door to you) this is your chance to get down to the kids level and find out a little about them. Parents are looking for your instincts as well as the kids!
Watch the clock!
Check out the address the night before to estimate how long you’ll need to get there. Then double it! You never know what’s going to happen to hold you up. In saying that, please don’t arrive too early and wait outside for the interview time before knocking on the door.
Be prepared for questions about your experience, qualifications, skills and future plans. Expect to be asked how you’d deal with certain situations which may arise, for example a medical emergency or a fussy child. Keep in mind that families all have their own set way of doing things. If you haven’t yet discussed them, simply explain how you would calmly deal with the situation.
Questions for you to ask…
This interview is for you as well. You need get as much info about the family & position as possible.
• What is the general daily routine?
• What are the children’s hobbies and interests?
• What are the children like? Are they well behaved?
• What is the families discipline procedure- how does the nanny fit in?
• Have they got a completed job description you can see?
• Ask about their last nanny- how long did she stay, why did she leave?
• If it’s a live in position, ask about curfews, visitors etc.
You don’t have to accept the position on the spot. If you’re very interested, let the parents know but don't rush to a decision in the heat of the moment.
Our best advice is to be yourself. The parents obviously think you are great for the role already as they have invited you for an interview so its your turn to show them why you are the best fit.