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How to Recruit, Interview and Hire a Nanny

December 30th, 2010 by candi

Finding and hiring the right nanny for your family can seem like a daunting task. We at are here to make the process easier for you. Below are some tips to help.

  • 1. Determine what you want in a nanny. What traits do you want your nanny to possess? (For example, do you want her to be bilingual or CPR/First Aid Certified?) What job duties will you expect your nanny to perform? (For example, do you want her to do your children s laundry?)
  • 2. Write a job description and a draft nanny contract. A sample contract is available to registered members at
  • 3. Search the database of available nannies for free at
  • 4. By telephone, give a brief interview to each nanny candidate that meets your baseline qualifications. Ask basic, job-related questions such as, What do you like about being a nanny? or Please tell me about your most difficult experience as a nanny and how you handled it.
  • 5. For each nanny candidate that met your expectations through step 4, set an in-person interview to be held in a neutral location such as a coffee shop. These screening interviews should not involve your children. During these interviews, ask your nanny candidates more in-depth, job-related questions (i.e, Have you ever been convicted of a felony or any potentially job-related misdemeanor? or What hours are you available to work? ); provide each nanny candidate with the job description and respond to any questions she may have about its contents; and have her sign authorizations for you to perform background checks.
  • 6. Perform background checks (Online Investigation Service available at
  • 7. For each nanny candidate that met your expectations through step 6, set an in-person interview to be held in your home. These selection interviews should include your children so that you can observe how each nanny candidate relates with your children and also so that your children can form an opinion about which nanny candidate they prefer (it is wise for you to consider their perspectives, but do not feel required to hire whomever your children prefer . . . you as the parent have to hire based on your wisdom and parental perspective).
  • 8. Offer your nanny position to your best candidate.
  • 9. Negotiate compensation, benefits, start date, and other terms and conditions of employment.
  • 10. Update your nanny contract with information from step 9.
  • 11. Have your new nanny sign and date the nanny contract on or before her first day of employment with you.

And then, tah dah! You have hired a nanny that s right for you! Congratulations!

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