Now that nannies are using nanny web sites more than any other method to find jobs (click here for poll results) it's likely they will make their first impression with potential employers in an email.
Just like potential nannies should ask the parents open ended questions about their children when speaking on the telephone and in-person, nanny job candidates should ask the parents about their children in emails.
Open ended questions require the parents to respond with more than a “Yes” or “No” answer. For example, prospective nannies should ask: “How would you describe your
children?” Or,“What activities would you like your nanny to do with your children?”
These questions encourage the parents to describe activities their children enjoy to see if the nanny has an interest in those areas. The job applicants and parents can also explore if they have similar parenting philosophies in the first emails.
Emails will never replace the gut feeling parents and nannies feel an in-person interview. But as
more nannies are using web sites to successfully find jobs there is likely more hiring decisions made via emails than ever before.
Please click here for a long list of questions you can pick and choose from to ask during a job interview.
What are the most important questions you parents ask in a nanny interview?