Let's just get to it. Here's our comprehensive list of questions childcare interviews. Did we miss anything?
- Ask for a resume. If they don’t have one, ask about their experience caring for children, CPR training, education level and references
- Why are you looking for a new job? Why did your previous job end?
- Please describe your experience working with multiple children. Are you willing to do a nanny share?
- Please describe your favorite and the most challenging aspects of your previous job.
- Have you had a negative work situation? How did you resolve it?
- Why do you like being a nanny? What do you find most challenging?
- Describe a challenging situation you faced with a child in your care and how you dealt with it.
- Describe a challenging situation with your employer and how you dealt with it.
- How would you describe your personality?
- How much flexibility do you have to arrive early or stay late occasionally?
- How would you handle a meltdown/temper tantrum at the library?
- What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for this age?
- What do you like to do with children?
- What would you do with my child on a rainy day?
- Are you familiar with this neighborhood?
- Are you willing (and licensed) to drive? Do you have a car? Do we have permission to check your driving record?
- Do you have authorization to work in the U.S.? If yes, do we have your permission to do a background check?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- How would you manage a personal emergency that occurred during the care/work day?
- Do you smoke? Do you have issues with pets?
- What household tasks are you willing to perform (i.e., laundry, dishes, shopping, cooking for children, other cooking, other cleaning tasks)?
- How will you travel here?
- [Depending on your preferences] Are your vaccinations up to date, specifically TDAP (whooping cough)? Are you willing to get a flu shot?
- Do you have three references you can provide?
Be specific and detailed about your situation. i.e., "I work from home, have you ever worked in a house with a WAH mom? How is that different" or "I need to travel 2-3x month. are you open to traveling with me? Doing overnights?" or whatever it is you want them to do.
Also ask a specific question about your baby currently. For example, "i want to get my baby on a sleeping schedule. how would you do this?" This will help you see how you would problem-solve together.
- How do you share information on the child’s day with parents?
- What’s the daily schedule? (How does this fit in with your baby’s current routine or lack thereof)
- How do you accommodate unique sleep routines?
- How many children do you serve, and what are their ages?
- What types of activities do you do with the children?
- What is a typical day like for the children? How much time do they spend outside?
- How often is your center cleaned?
- Is the center licensed?
- What is the child to teacher ratio?
- What meals and supplies do I need to provide?
- What is your sick day policy? What is your vaccination policy?
- Has your daycare ever faced an emergency? What is your emergency plan and how do you prepare the children?
- Do caregivers have first-aid/CPR and child development training?
- How long have you known the applicant?
- How long did the caregiver care for your child/children and how old were your children at the time?
- Why did the caregiving arrangement end?
- What kinds of activities did the caregiver do with your children?
- Was the caregiver reliable? Reachable by phone? On time?
- Did the caregiver handle any emergencies? If so, how?
- How did this caregiver compared to others they've had?
- If you needed a caregiver now, would you hire this person? If no, why not?
- Please rate the caregiver on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest possible score). If the score is less than a 10, ask for specific examples of what the caregiver could have done to receive a 10.