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Nanny Interviews: Laughs, Lessons, and Real-Life Stories

Nanny interviews can be quite the rollercoaster. They're like a blend of humor, discomfort, and learning experiences, all wrapped into one. As someone who has been on both sides of the interview table, I have a few stories to share that might just make you giggle, squirm, and maybe even learn a thing or two.

Nanny Interview 1 - When Dad Needs a Shirt

Let's rewind to the early 2000s. I had lined up an interview with a high-net-worth family, scheduled to take place at a restaurant with Dad and his PA. Arriving a few minutes early (I'm all about punctuality), I settled in to wait for them. To my surprise, they showed up more or less on time, and we began our discussion over lunch.

However, things took an unexpected turn when Dad started showing signs of impatience just a couple of questions in. Sensing the energy shift, I asked if everything was alright. His response was a bit cryptic, but we carried on.

Minutes later, without warning, Dad abruptly stood up and declared, "I need to buy a shirt for an event tonight," and off he went, leaving his PA and me staring at each other in bewilderment.

Now, I made a conscious decision not to follow him. Why? Well, for one, it was clear we weren't a match professionally. Secondly, time management is key, and if shirt shopping takes precedence over a scheduled interview, it speaks volumes about priorities. Lastly, if a shirt ranks higher than the person caring for your children, it's a red flag.

After finishing my meal and ensuring the bill was settled (yes, I ended up paying), I sent the invoice to the PA, who promptly reimbursed me. Interestingly, Dad later circled back and offered me the job. Did I accept? Well, that's a story for another time.

Nanny Interview 2 - When Nanny Shows Up Inappropriately Dressed

On another occasion, I was assisting a family with interviews for an additional nanny. The setting: a household bustling with young children. Mum had shortlisted a candidate from an agency profile and arranged an in-person meeting.

As I opened the door to greet the candidate, let's call her Nanny X, I couldn't help but notice her attire—a mini skirt paired with sky-high Louboutin heels. Now, in any interview setting, this would raise eyebrows, but with toddlers running around, it was downright impractical.

Navigating through the interview, Nanny X's struggle with her attire became evident as she interacted with the children. It was clear that her outfit wasn't just a fashion statement; it hindered her ability to engage comfortably with the little ones.

Despite attempts to redirect the focus to the interview, the distraction lingered, and unfortunately, Nanny X wasn't selected for the role. It was a reminder that dressing appropriately for the occasion isn't just about style—it's about practicality and professionalism.

Nanny Interview 3 - When Mum is Not Respectful of Your Time

In the world of high-profile clients and nanny placements, timing is everything. I once found myself in a lengthy interview process with a high-profile/UHNW client that tested my patience and professionalism.

After a promising phone interview, which I managed from a dimly lit hotel room while my charge slept, I awaited further communication. The initial enthusiasm waned as days turned into weeks with no update.

Eventually, an in-person interview was scheduled, and it went well. However, the subsequent silence and lack of follow-up stretched over months. When an offer finally arrived, it was met with hesitation. The disregard for timelines during the interview process raised concerns about future expectations.

In the end, the offer was declined. Why? Because mutual respect for time and professionalism is non-negotiable.

Two women and two children at a table

These anecdotes, while humorous in hindsight, highlight the intricacies of nanny interviews and the importance of mutual respect, professionalism, and clear priorities. Each experience, whether amusing or cringe-worthy, adds layers to our understanding of navigating the world of childcare and household management.

If you've enjoyed these tales from the nanny interview trenches, stay tuned for more insights and adventures. And if you're ready to dive deeper into the world of nanny placements and professional development, join me on the Free 3-Day Challenge starting in May. Join the Facebook Group where it is all happening.

Let's keep the stories rolling and the lessons flowing!

Till next time, hugs and smiles xo

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