Interviewing Your Prospective Nanny

Hiring a nanny can be an anxious process for parents. Trusting a stranger with the care of your little ones can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. The welfare of your children is paramount, so you want to get it right.

Here’s a guide to successfully interviewing your chosen candidates and asking the essential questions before hiring them.

Mother, nanny, or teacher teaching happy baby to learn alphabet, A, B, C, with letters in a playful way, while sitting on floor.

Be Prepared

Make sure you prepare plenty of notes and have a list of questions ready to ask. Ideally, the interview should be face-to-face.

At the beginning of the interview you need to define the nanny’s role and your expectations so that their job position is clear.

If your nanny is coming from another country, establish that they are legally permitted to work in the UK.


Ask open-ended questions and give the candidate time to reflect and answer. This will also give you the opportunity to gauge their reaction. Be honest and open, there’s no point in trying to catch them out with trick questions. Use the following as examples:

  • Why do you want to work with children?
  • What activities do you enjoy with the children?
  • How do you deal with tantrums and disagreements?
  • What first aid training do you have?
  • How would you deal with parental disagreements?
  • What would you expect from a prospective nanny?

Introduce the candidate to the rest of the family and observe their interaction with the children. Are both sides relaxed and comfortable in each other’s company?

Background Checks

Check with ex-employers:

  • How old were the children?
  • How did you get on with the candidate?
  • How did you deal with conflicts?
  • Were they dependable?
  • What were their reasons for leaving?

You may also want to carry out a criminal background check. Ultimately trust your own instincts. Insight Investigations offer a thorough background check service for your peace of mind.