Make sure you know the ages of the children and their genders and if possible their names. Prepare a list of questions you will have about the role – a good nanny will be prepared with both answers and questions.
Always ensure you have told someone where your interview will be and never arrange to meet in a hotel room – meet in the hotel lobby or coffee shop. safety first!
References And Portfolio
SUGGESTIONS FOR GOOD PORTFOLIOS INCLUDE ENCLOSING A SUGGESTED MENU PLAN, LIST OF ACTIVITIES YOU’VE DONE WITH YOUR CHARGES AND A FEW PHOTOS OF YOU DOING THE ACTIVITIES.
Always make sure you take your portfolio with current CV (make sure you have checked for spelling errors), references and certificates to the interview. Make sure you have the originals with you but prepare a secondary folder of copies to leave behind – ensure you never leave your original copies or portfolio behind!
Timing & Punctuality
Make sure you’ve done your research on where you’re going, Google maps is very helpful with directions and will tell you how to drive or walk, and if in London will even give you public transport information. Another good website for London is journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
Always allow a little extra time in case of delays or traffic, however don’t arrive at an interview more than five minutes early as this does not create a good first impression. You can always walk around the block.
Make sure you have the contact number and full name of the person you’re meeting and if you are having problems call them and explain, failing that, call us so we can act to help.
You only get one chance at this and often it can make or break the interview!
Wear something smart, but appropriate for the role for which you are applying. Your future boss doesn’t want to see you wearing mini skirts or stiletto heals and as you’re not applying for office work a business suit doesn’t give the right impression either. Smart black trousers and a nice top go a long way!
Don’t wear too much make up, tie your hair back neatly and make sure your nails are clean and short and that your mobile phone is switched off.
Be aware of your body language, sit up straight, make eye contact, speak clearly and concisely and think before answering questions.
Practice a strong hand shake and remember smile and relax!
- Have a positive attitude, listen to the parent’s questions and answer them clearly.
- Try and avoid yes/ no answers but equally don’t ramble on.
- Don’t tell too many personal stories or stories about past employers, and be discrete.
- Show an interest in the children
- If you are asked about your salary requirements and you don’t feel comfortable discussing details tell the parents you would prefer the agency to handle this.
- If you have travel expenses to be reimbursed, make sure you give receipts to the parents. You should make sure you have checked with your agency first that the parents are happy to cover this cost – never assume!
- At the end of the interview make sure you’ve covered all your questions and then thank the family for taking the time to meet with you.
After The Interview
Call us at Occasional and Permanent Nannies on 0207 225 1555 to give us feedback about the interview. If you’ve promised to forward anything on to the client make sure you do this promptly. A nice touch is to send a thank you note following the interview.
If you’re called back for a second interview be prepared to spend more time with the children, remember to get down on the floor with them and be very hands on. If the family have a baby, ask to hold the baby, but remember to wash your hands first!
Remember throughout this process your agency is there to help and guide you. If you have any questions or concerns talk to your consultant. We are here to negotiate on your behalf – so don’t be afraid to ask us.