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The process of being screened for temporary nanny jobs is a little different than someone applying for full time or part time nanny work. In most cases, a person applying for a full time nanny position would not have a detailed screening and background check done by the placement agency. Other than the initial screening of the resume, the placement agency will usually leave it up to the family to conduct the screening, or the family will pay an additional fee to the placement agency for the agency to do the work. However, the agency understands the time-crunch factor when families require last-minute temporary nannies. As a result, the agency will usually spend more time screening the applicant.
As an applicant, you'll be expected to provide the agency with an up-to-date resume, a list of references, a detailed education history, and a completed criminal records check. The agency will conduct an interview with you either over-the-phone or in person to confirm the information you've submitted, and to get a better sense of who you are as a person.
When the agency contacts you to arrange for an interview, be sure to have your references ready if they're not already listed on your resume. Check to be sure the references are current, and that they're aware that they could be contacted regarding upcoming temporary nanny jobs. Because of the nature of the job, don't be surprised to discover the agency wanting to do a little probing into your past.