So, because of my responsibilities at various jobs I've had, I’ve conducted many, many interviews in my life. Despite this experience, I did not feel adequately prepared to meet with potential caregivers for my kiddo when the time came to find one. And coming up with serious interview questions for nannies? I barely knew where to begin. I mean, this was my son we were talking about. How the hell was I supposed to even scratch the surface on the many things I needed to know about this person before entrusting them with my actual baby?
Perhaps the thing that threw me off about these meetings were that they blended the professional with the personal — the really personal, including my child and the inner workings of my marriage and my home — in a way like no other ever has. Not only did I want to make sure this potential nanny was capable, caring, and safety-conscious, but I also wanted to make sure she (or he, though all our finalists were female) got a good impression of our family, too. When we were conducting interviews, our appearances were neat and clean, our son was napped and fed, and my husband and I were doing our very best to be super-friendly and respectful.
The conversations went well enough, but we've yet to actually call on anyone we interviewed just yet, not because they weren't awesome, but because we've yet to bite the bullet and decide, "YES, this thing we want to go do is important enough that even if my mother-in-law can't come over to watch our son, we will still do it." It's a big deal to leave your kid with a sitter, or a nanny, or in daycare for the first time. Maybe I would feel better if I'd asked every real question I had on the matter? Perhaps, but most of them weren't exactly interview appropriate. So, instead, I'll share them with you all: