top of page

Interviewing your French Nanny

How to interview your nanny?

At French Nanny Agency, we believe in a comprehensive interview process to ensure the best fit and we assist our clients throughout their hiring journey.


Here's our recommended interview process:


Video Interview

We highly recommend initiating the process with a video interview. This can be conducted through platforms such as WhatsApp, Skype or Zoom, providing a convenient and effective way to discuss qualifications, experiences, and expectations. This initial step allows both parties to gauge compatibility before moving forward.


Face-to-Face Interview

Following a successful video interview, we encourage a face-to-face meeting. This can take place at your family's home, allowing for a more personal connection. It's an opportunity for your family and the nanny to interact in person, discuss specific requirements, and assess how well they align with each other. It's an opportunity for the nanny to meet the children. 


Trial Period

If the face-to-face interview is satisfactory, we suggest a trial period where the nanny can spend time with your family. This trial allows for a hands-on assessment of how the nanny integrates into the daily routine and interacts with the children. It's a valuable step to ensure a harmonious match.

Sample open-ended questions you can ask a nanny candidate during the face-to-face interview:

  • Why did you choose to become a nanny?

  • What age groups of children have you worked with in the past?

  • Can you share a memorable experience you've had while caring for children? What did you learn from it

    What would you include in a weekly menu for the children, considering their potential likes and dislikes?

  • Can you describe the weekly activities you would plan for the children?

  • How do you handle challenging behaviours, and what techniques have you found effective?

  • Can you share an example of a challenging situation you've faced in your previous role, and how you went about resolving it?

  • What was the most difficult discussion or issue you have had to discuss with a parent?

  • How do you like to spend your free time outside of work?

  • What qualities make a great French-speaking nanny, and how do you work on developing those traits?

Important points to remember for a quality interview:

  • Start with a few casual, icebreaker questions to help the nanny feel more comfortable. This can include questions about their journey in childcare. 

  • Provide an opportunity for the nanny to ask questions.

  • When both parents are present during the interview, it's important that both actively engage with the nanny. Having one silent person in the room can make the nanny feel scrutinised and uncomfortable.

 Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or if there's anything specific you would like to discuss.

Check our dedicated French Nanny Hire Toolkit for more resources on hiring a nanny. 

bottom of page