This weekend, I was out with hubby running errands. While we were out, we decided to stop by one of our favorite coffee shop in Atlanta. As we waited for our drinks, I happened to over here a couple who was interviewing a nanny for their newborn son.
Yes, I know – I shouldn’t have been listening to their conversation but I couldn’t help myself.
And here is why…
They seemed to be doing everything RIGHT! I wanted to run up to them and say how proud of them I was. I didn’t do that by the way.
The first thing that stood out to me was where they were. They had decided to meet with the candidate at a coffee shop — which is an awesome idea. This is something that I recommend parents do when interviewing candidates. It creates a safe zone for both the nanny and the family. It also give the family piece of mind that no one will show up at their home until THEY decide invite the candidate there.
The other thing that I loved about their meeting was how the parents set their expectations up front. They let the candidate know exactly what they were looking for in a caregiver and what they expected of her.
They also took the time to find out where her expectations were as well. They weren’t just interested in their needs but hers as well. They seemed to be making every effort to get to know the candidate which was nice.
Anyway, I was just happy to see what seemed to be a healthy nanny/family relationship beginning. It made my weekend.
What was your first experience with interviewing a nanny candidate? Was it great like this one? Or did it not go as well as this one. I would love to hear about your experiences.