How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Two

How-To Hire a Nanny: Part Two

by Martha Scully

Hiring a nanny can be a daunting task, especially for the busy parent who needs help. While can provide you with many nannies in your area, it’s still up to you to decide who the best fit for your family is. To help you through that process, we've made this “How-To” guide, outlining the steps from posting your job to choosing your nanny.

Continue with our four-part series on “How-To Hire a Nanny”; choosing your favourites and phone interviews to narrow down your candidates from 10 to 5.

Step 3 – Pick Your Favourites

There’re many great nannies listed on the site, and you might find that you get a huge response when you first post. With this much response, you’ll likely find a handful that suit your needs. Narrow down the applications and pick your top 10. Once you've done this, you can look at them more thoroughly and determine who your favourites are from that.

Step 4 – Phone Interviews

We all have busy lives, and the chances are you don’t really have time to interview all of your favourites in person. Get a list of preliminary questions together – when can you start a new position, what days of the week are you available, etc. – and do phone interviews. This will give you an idea of their personality. As I always say, make decisions based on your gut, it won’t do you wrong. If something seems out of place, move on. Try to narrow down your list from your top 10 to your favourite 5 to interview in person.

Throughout the hiring process, remember that you are hiring an employee, not a new friend. Therefore, pick the best person for the job, not just the person you get along with the best.

Check back next week for part three, getting from 5 to 3 with interviews and reference checks.

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.