Nanny Interview Questions For Families With Twins

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Finding a caregiver for your twins may be very challenging because you need someone who can balance two children who may have very different personalities, with wants and needs that happen at different times of the day. The interview process is very important when choosing a nanny. The interview is a time when you can ask questions that are important to you and also gauge how comfortable you feel with a potential caregiver.

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

Specific items such as what the nanny is expecting to be paid and your schedule should be discussed during a phone interview to weed out those candidates who will not fit your needs. Once you make a list of potential candidates who fit your basic needs, set up an in-person interview and use the following questions as a guideline.

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 and 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? Do you have 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?

Style and 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 and texting habits?
  • What are your television 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 and 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?

Questions for the Future

  • 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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