Whilst it’s incredibly convenient to look for a Nanny, or for that matter a new Employer on the internet – let’s at least be honest with ourselves we are more vulnerable as a result. Anyone, for a minimal outlay can present themselves as anything they wish to in an advert or as a respondent to an advert. Creating an email address and getting a pay as you go telephone number is easy as pie. What you want to make sure is that you are only allowing into your home a real candidate as opposed to someone masquerading as one in order to take a look at your home. Come on you wouldn’t let someone into your car at the traffic lights simply because their car is nice and they smile at you! Equally you want to be absolutely sure, if you are a nanny, that you are really meeting with a parent and that you really are safe and secure whilst the interview is taking place.
Nanny posts are unique in that the jobs are taking place in private residences often in quite leafy roads not necessarily close to public transport – so going to an unchecked interview site has an element of potential vulnerability about it.
There are certain very specific checks anyone using the internet as a recruiting and employment tool must do:
Read CV’s carefully, as in read the gaps as well as the detail. Take a moment to map out the employment and education dates and highlight the gaps, a simple question at the telephone interview stage will put your mind at ease or alert you to potential problems. Anyone who responds hostilely to this request, by virtue of their response has shown themselves to be unsuitable.
If the CV contains photographs of children, ask whether the parents have given their consent. This gives a simple insight into the candidates understanding of confidentiality.
Never meet a candidate for the first interview in your family home or for that matter your office. Find a neutral spot where you can have a quite chat.
After the initial ‘off-site’ meeting, if there’s something ‘there’ thats worth following up take up some references before inviting the person to your home.
Ask for a copy of a current police clearance plus standard ID to confirm the candidates name and details.
Take care that your CV that goes on line does not contain your personal telephone number. Ideally set up an email address exclusively for the purpose of seeking employment. Not only is it a smart way of controlling who contacts you it also doubles as a neat piece of organizing of interview info.
Do not go to a would be employers home address for the first interview – have an off-site preliminary meeting which enables you to ascertain whether the person who posted the advert is bona fida and whether you wish to go further with the process.
Only give details of referees if you are seriously interested in the post therefore your CV posted on line should only say ‘References upon Request’.
Be prepared in advance of an interview with a current Police Clearance
Create a house diary to be kept at your home (not in your handbag) which enables others to know where you have gone to an interview. Family name, address and telephone number. That way others know where you are.
Incredibly simple stuff. If a family or nanny is unwilling to comply then they are not for you and visa versa.
Of course the alternative is to go through a well established agent who will do all those checks for you. Mmmmm do we know a good one ……..Yes We Do!
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