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If you already employ staff through your place of work, supervise employees, or have ever been on an interview panel, conducting nanny interviews may not be all that intimidating to you. However, if you're new to the whole business of nanny interviews, here are a few do's and don'ts to consider:
DO: Bring a copy of the interview questions for everyone involved in the interview, including the prospective nanny.
DO: Create questions that will help reveal nanny skills and nanny experience.
DO: Ask situational nanny interview questions that will help you understand how she would handle emergencies or last-minute routine changes.
DO: Meet in a public spot like a quiet restaurant or coffee shop.
DON'T: Ask illegal interview questions like the person's religion, age, or marital status.
DON'T: Be surprised if the nanny brings someone along for the interview. The candidate might do this as a safety precaution.
Before you start asking a lot of serious questions, try to make the nanny feel at ease and comfortable. Offer her tea, coffee, or water, engage in some light preliminary conversation and don't forget to smile! Before you begin the interview, explain to the candidate how the interview will go, the types of questions you're going to ask, and how you're going to record her answers (notes, tape, etc.) Let her know that you'll give her a chance to ask some questions of her own at the end of the interview.