Hiring a Nanny

I am going to be taking some classes on campus this coming semester which means we need to hire a nanny for the boys. I need someone roughly 3-4 hours a day for 4 days a week. They aren’t great hours and I’m aware of that, but there’s got to be someone out there who wants them.

I use UrbanSitter for our normal date nights when Timber can’t watch the boys so I posted the job there and got a couple people interested, but not a lot. Some could only do 3 days, which just isn’t going to work. However, I thought I found someone who I liked. She came over to do a trial run and I wasn’t super impressed. Tyson and I both agreed we should keep looking.

I signed up for Care.com and it’s by far better. I’ve had so many more responses by people who are actually interested, and can do all 4 days. They also have the nanny tax paperwork, which is helpful because for this semester alone I will be paying them over $4000. Then starting fall semester I’m planning on taking more classes on campus which means more money that we should be reporting to the IRS.

Now, I have interviews set up all week to try and find someone but I have no idea what to ask them. I have never interviewed someone before. Tyson should really be the one doing this, seeing as how he has interviewed and hired people for his last 2 jobs and his current job. He gave me a few questions the other night but I’ve forgotten them, of course. If I don’t write things down I WILL forget. It’s quite obnoxious actually.

Because I am not sure what to ask I have been doing some research online. I literally googled “questions to ask when interviewing a nanny”. Here are the ones that made my list:

  • How long have you been caring for children, and how old were they?
  • What is your most recent position? What’s your typical daily routine with that family?
  • Why are you looking to leave (or why are you no longer working there)?
  • What were some of the best things about your previous job?
  • What were the worst things?
  • Are you looking to stay long-term with a family, or are you planning on finding another career or job in the next year? (To tailor this question to our family I am going to ask if they are interested in going full time after this semester.)
  • How flexible is your schedule, if we occasionally need you to arrive early or stay late?
  • Are you willing to cook/do light housework/take care of pet? (ask about any assistance you need)
  • What do you like best about being a nanny?
  • What do you like least about being a nanny? or What do you find most challenging?
  • Describe your ideal family/employer:
  • Can you give me some examples of unexpected issues that have come up in your previous jobs and how you and your former employer worked things out?
  • Do you prefer more or less structure in your day? What do you think works best for children? (just because my school schedule is short and in the middle of the morning)
  • Have you had negative work situations? If so, what have you learned from them?
  • What is your view of disciplining a child and what should be the nanny’s role?
  • How have you handled difficult situations like a baby crying uncontrollably or a child talking back?
  • What would you do if my child was sick or had an accident?
  • What are you most proud of when it comes to your job?
  • Do you view your personality as flexible and easy to roll with change, or do you need more structure and the ability to plan ahead? (especially important if your family has an inconsistent schedule)
  • Do you smoke?
  • Would you come to work if you were sick without letting  me know
  • Tate requires carrying. Are you comfortable with the physical demands of the job?
  • What salary range are you looking for?
  • Ask for references

As I am going through these questions it seems like a lot to ask someone. What do you guys ask your nanny-to-be? Or what have you been asked as a nanny?

Gah. This is so difficult!

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