Benefits of Nanny Personality and Risk Assessments
Wow, this blog and our Be the Best Nanny Newsletter Facebook page were alive with comments yesterday. Today, Yossi Pinkas explains more benefits of using personality assessments to help hire a nanny. Tomorrow, he will address some of the challenges of using personality tests when interviewing in-home child care providers.
Another Way to Help Find the Right Nanny and Find the Right Nanny Job
By Yossi Pinkas, TakeCare, http://www.take-care.me/
Nanny personality and risk assessments are psychological tests that help parents assess potential childcare providers. The tests provide a better insight into the caregiver’s personality and traits, as well as an assessment of possible risk factors, and allow parents to select the best possible nanny.
Similar tests are used by corporate and government organizations worldwide (including some 80% of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 75% of the U.K. Times 100 companies) as well as by some nanny, babysitter, and au pair agencies, and childcare organizations. As a matter of fact, such tests are mandated by the U.S. government for all au pair agencies.
Why are such tests needed? Aren’t interviews and checking references sufficient to select a nanny? Most recruitment specialists agree that the validity of interviews is quite low, even when conducted by trained professionals. Most parents are not trained interviewers and are usually lacking the necessary experience to properly formulate interview questions, read between the lines of what the applicant says, interpret non-verbal signs and body language, and so on.
A nanny personality and risk assessment test can be considered as a very detailed and structured interview that overcomes some of the parents’ face-to-face interview limitations. The test includes several hundred questions, covering all relevant issues, including questions which parents may feel uncomfortable to ask in a face-to-face interview.
Personal traits covered may include responsibility, obedience and discipline, self control, emotional stability, coping with pressure, positive attitude, and service awareness.
Risk assessment issues should include violent behavior, drug abuse, drinking problems, truthful reporting, respect to property, and more.
In a similar manner to an ordinary interview, online interactive tests of this sort allow different questions to be asked according to prior responses, as well as provide real-time feedback to the applicant triggered by specific answers that are considered problematic.
Yet, the main benefit of the nanny personality and risk assessment test is in the accuracy of the information provided. A properly constructed and administered test includes various mechanisms which are aimed at identifying misleading and inaccurate responses; the large number of questions (some repeating themselves in different versions), the way those questions are structured (which may sometimes seem peculiar), the time constraints and some additional mechanisms (which won’t be detailed in this article for obvious reasons).
To find out more about nanny personality assessment tests visit TakeCare.
Tomorrow: The Challenges of Using Nanny Personality and Risk Assessments
What are your thoughts on taking personality assessments when interviewing for a nanny position?