Nanny Interview Questions: Twin Edition

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The interview is very important when choosing a nanny. This list provides suggested questions to ask a nanny during the in-person interview when looking for a caregiver for twins.

Cost, payment on/off books and schedule should be discussed during the phone interview to weed out those candidates who will not fit your needs.

Background

  • Please tell me about your background and work history.
  • Do you have any certifications? CPR?
  • What are your experiences with twins?
  • Do you have references we can call?
  • Why do you like being a nanny?

Skills/Responsibilities

  • What is the youngest child you have cared for?
  • What types of activities do you do with twins?
  • What types of things do you do to encourage development in infants?
  • How do you typically feed two infants at a time?  Do you ever bottle prop? Under what circumstances?
  • How do you handle bath time with two infants?
  • How would/do you handle two babies crying at the same time?
  • What are your experiences with babies with gas/reflux? How have you handled feeding babies under those circumstances?
  • What types of things do you do to deal with fussy babies? Have you ever dealt with a colicky baby?
  • Do you have experience getting babies on a nap schedule? Sleep training?
  • If so, what are your methods? Do you use cry it out? Other methods?
  • What are the other duties you typically perform around the house?
  • How often do you wipe down toys, change pacifiers, wash your hands, etc?
  • Do you make baby food?  What types of things are you comfortable making?

 Caretaker Style/Habits

  • Are you open to keeping notes about the child(ren)’s days?
  • How would you describe your style with kids? Hands-on? Off?
  • How do you discipline?
  • How do you nurture a child?
  • What are your phone call/texting habits?
  • What are your TV watching habits?

 Social Style

  • Have you worked in this neighborhood?
  • Are you familiar with activities for children? Storytime, etc
  • Do you set up playdates?
  • Do you know other caregivers in the area? How old are the kids they care for?

Attitude/Chemistry

  • Tell us about the best and worst child you ever took care of
  • What is your communication style with parents?
  • Do you offer ideas and suggestions about ways things can be done?
  • Tell me about your past employers and the type of relationship you had with them
  • What about your last job did you like and dislike?

Reliability and Flexibility

  • Where do you live and how would you get to work?
  • Do you drive?
  • If you take the train, how late do you feel comfortable getting on the train? If you have to take a cab, how much does that cost?
  • Do you typically get a flu shot? Are you willing to do so?
  • What are your other obligations outside of work?  Other things involved in outside work that are important to you?
  • Do you have any health issues that would limit your ability to work?
  • Do you have children at home? Who watches them?

Future Questions

  • Are you looking for a long-term job?
  • Do you help with potty training?
  • What would you expectation be if we have another child?

Open-Ended Questions

  • Can you give an example of a parenting decision you did not agree with? What, if anything, did you do in this situation?
  • Have you ever had an emergency while caring for a child? Can you tell me about it?

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