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How to Ask Your Nanny Candidate for References

Asking a nanny candidate for references is an important step in the hiring process, but this part of the recruitment process can sometimes feel uncomfortable, awkward or even rude. As an agency with plenty of experience in this arena, we can offer some tips on how to ask for references and how to check them.

How to Ask for References

When asking a nanny candidate for references, it's important to be professional, clear, and respectful. Here are some tips to help guide families through this process:

  1. Explain why references are important. This can help them understand that it's a standard part of the hiring process and not a personal attack. You can explain that checking references helps ensure the safety of the children and build trust between the nanny and the family.

  2. Ask for a list of at least three references. These references should be individuals who have worked with the candidate in a childcare or related capacity, such as a previous employer, colleague, or teacher.

  3. Ask permission to contact references. This shows respect for their privacy and helps build trust between the family and the candidate.

  4. Be respectful and professional in your communication when reaching out to references. Introduce yourself, explain that you're considering the candidate for a nanny position, and ask if they're available to speak about their experience working with the candidate.

  5. Follow up with the candidate once you've spoken with the references. Let them know that you've contacted their references and thank them for providing the information. This can help build trust and transparency in the hiring process.

How to Check References

Checking references is an important step in the hiring process, but it can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Here are some tips to help families effectively check references:

  1. Verify the reference's identity before speaking with a them. It's also a good idea to verify their relationship to the candidate and how they know each other.

  2. Ask open-ended questions that allow them to provide detailed and honest feedback. Ask about the candidate's strengths and weaknesses, their communication style, and their ability to handle challenging situations.

  3. Ask specific questions related to the job. For example, ask about the candidate's experience with children of a similar age, their ability to handle multiple children, and their approach to discipline.

  4. Listen carefully to their responses. Take note of any red flags or concerns that they raise. If multiple references mention the same issue, it may be worth exploring further.

  5. Follow up with additional questions. This can help clarify any misunderstandings and ensure that the family has all the information they need to make an informed hiring decision.

Asking for and checking references is an important step in the hiring process for a nanny. While it may feel uncomfortable or even rude to ask for references, it's a necessary part of ensuring the safety of your children and building trust between nanny and family.

At Good People we ensure that before our clients meet their candidate, we have completed a full reference check, saving you this part of the hiring process. Contact us today to get started with our quick and efficient hiring process.

Good People is a domestic staffing agency specialising in introducing high quality household assistance. We provide a simple, fast and professional service to recruit trained and vetted staff who match your family values. To discuss what we can do for you, or to join the Good People Club, get in touch.

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