Nanny Interview: Tips for families
Parents always want the best for their children. When there is a need for a nanny, children undoubtedly deserve the best. It is important to be well prepared for interviews with candidates who may stay with your baby for the next few years. Think in advance what you will ask and what information you are willing to provide during the first meeting with the nanny.
A thoroughly thought-out interview will make it possible to use the time efficiently and evaluate the quality of candidates. Make a list of questions and think of the working conditions you would like to offer to a potential nanny.
During the interview, make notes about each candidate, this way you will not get confused and will be able to objectively evaluate all applicants.
You may consider asking applicants the following questions:
Ask them to tell you about themselves. It is important to pay attention not only to the actual data (education, experience, etc.), but also to the ability to express thoughts and ideas, and the candidate’s energy. You can thus assess the level of communication skills, speech, general manners, etc. Find out where the candidates live, what interests they have.
What does the nanny understand about children's physical safety? The answer should be detailed and relevant to the age of your children.
Nutrition - find out what the nanny thinks about baby food. What products are not recommended or prohibited for children of your age group. What cooking methods are acceptable. What the nanny can cook, how varied her menu is, the ability to serve. If the baby is newborn, specify what the nanny knows about breast, artificial and mixed feeding. Hygiene rules for feeding and cooking.
Ask questions about daily routine for children. Even if the nanny’s opinion or experience does not completely coincide with yours, perhaps you will find something useful for yourself.
Ask what the nanny thinks about organising a safe space at home. How they can ensure a balance of freedom of movement and security (what was their previous experience).
Rules of conduct for the nanny and the child in public places. Specify how the nanny will act in various situations (the child does not allow to hold their hand while crossing a busy road, likes to hide in the street, wants to accept food from a stranger, etc.)
Ask questions regarding emergency situations and first aid. You have to understand how the nanny will react in difficult situations and if you may rely on them. Find out if they have experience in providing first aid.
How and why can the nanny create emotional safety for children?
Find out how the applicant will respond to the child's refusals to fulfill their requests and suggestions.
What is going to be done in case of hysteria or aggression towards others or to the nanny.
What restrictions or prohibitions does the nanny consider necessary to introduce for educational purposes.
Exaggerate, provoke, do not be satisfied with standard, blurry, theoretical answers. The purpose is to understand what methods of influence the nanny may use (intimidation, shaming, ridiculing, blackmailing, ignoring, raising their voice, etc).
Discover how the nanny sees their role in the life of your child, how much they become attached to children, what boundaries they respect in relationships with children (kisses, hugs, says she loves them and will always be there). Find out what the nanny would do in case of a conflict between parents and children.
Ask how the applicant understands the goals and objectives of their position. Pay attention to the first reaction as the answer should match your vision.
Clarify what the nanny can offer your child in terms of development. This is important even if you plan to organise developmental activities for your child by yourself. The time that children spend with their nanny should be interesting and useful for them.
If you are willing to take the child to the first meeting with the nannies, their reactions to one another will give you a lot of extra information that will help you make the right choice. If the applicant did not pay much attention to the child, and tried to impress you throughout the conversation, this is not your candidate. When the meeting with the candidate is over, ask your child for their opinion. Even if the child is young, just carefully monitor their reactions to each potential nanny.
The team of Morgan & Mallet International hopes you will find the perfect match. And if you need any help, please contact our offices worldwide and our professional recruitment consultants will be happy to select the best candidates for you, either for permanent or temporary roles.
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Tips for a Nanny Interview
It is a well-known fact that each parent wants the best for their child, especially those ones who cannot spend a lot of time with their offspring because of their career or business and have to hire childcare help.
Parents are always serious and scrupulous in the selection of a nanny or a governess for their children that is why it is extremely important to make a good impression during a face-to-face interview.
The consultants of Morgan & Mallet International would like to provide some tips on how to convince your potential employer that you are right for the job:
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For the parents who are hiring a professional help for their children for the first time there is often a confusion between such professions as a nanny and a governess.
So, who is the governess and is it the right time to hire one for your child ?
You may find the answers in this article.
While nanny is mainly responsible for the general well-being of a child, governess has more educationally oriented responsibilities. Governess is always specially educated and have qualifications in childcare and education.
Professional governess will be responsible not only for taking care of your children, teaching foreign languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Russian) or for playing a musical instrument but also teaching rules and standards of etiquette in public and at the table, good communication manners and sense of responsibility.
Governess is also responsible for social, cultural and psychological development of a child.
If parents want their children to grow up intelligent and well-mannered members of society but are unable to be around them and teach everything themselves - hiring a governess is the most reasonable decision. Governess can live with the family or come on a daily basis and is usually employed for school-aged children.
However, it is a common practice to hire one for very young children as well, if parents want them to be bi- or trilingual from an early age. It is a well-known fact that if children grow in the environment of a foreign language they are more likely to be bilingual or trilingual.
Which is why it is a huge advantage of hiring a governess – you do not have to risk and send your little ones to a foreign country to learn the language.
Governess will not only dress and bathe the children but also teach them how to do it themselves in a proper manner. She is responsible for teaching children folding clothes, tidying their room, essentials of personal hygiene. Governess may also be responsible for feeding children but it will also include some teaching of good manners. The etiquette at the table may include proper using of cutlery, teaching when to start to eat and when to finish, how to eat different meals and how to behave at the table in general.
The activities with a governess would not be limited to learning only. They often play different games with children and have fun together. However, every game is educational to some extent. Games are meant to train children’s memory and attention, to teach them loyalty, responsibility, independence, self-reliance and help them to develop their own personality. For younger children games help to develop fine motor skills, logic and desire for learning.
Governess is also very likely to help children to develop their talents and special skills. Very often governess is skilled in playing several music instruments, trained in sports, dancing, painting, or different art crafts.
If your children are of school age but you cannot be around them before and after school, hiring a governess would be extremely beneficial. First, governess will make sure that a child does not forget to take anything important, e.g. all the necessary books, notes, changing clothes etc. Second, after school a governess will make sure that a child has lunch, does all the homework and does not spend the whole afternoon in front of TV.
She could also be the one who speaks with schoolteachers about child’s performance and behavior and then reports it to the parents.
In countries such as Russia, UAE, Qatar etc., which are neither English nor French speaking, it is extremely popular that families employ English or French governesses for their children who speak only in English or French to them.
Historically English and French governesses tend to be the most famous in the world due to their educational and cultural backgrounds. They used to travel around the world for their employers hundreds of years ago.
If you are hesitating in choosing the governess for your children, it is known that English governesses focus more on the intellectual upbringing of children and their education and often support such areas as music, sport and arts. French governesses concentrate more on the psychological, emotional and social development of children and are famous for their ability to set boundaries in a friendly and loving manner.
If the parents want their children to pursue further education in the best schools of the UK, France or the USA, they employ the governess from the very early age so that their children are bilingual and well mannered.
Usually the governess would live with such families and travel with them whenever needed. She is likely to stay with the family for many years and becomes an essential part of it. For children governess is much more than only a private teacher – she is a coach and motivator, a good friend and mentor at the same time.
If you are looking for a highly professional governess or nanny in any part of the world or if you are a governess / nanny who is looking for a nice family to work for – Morgan & Mallet International is here for you.
Do not hesitate to contact any of our agencies worldwide and our consultants will assist you with any of your enquiries !
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