How To Quickly Find and Screen the Best Nannies Using a Nanny Database
Nanny Applicant Overload
If you’re using a database to conduct your own nanny search, you’ll probably be inundated with candidates. That’s the easy part. The time-consuming part is figuring out which ones are reliable, experienced, patient, have good judgment, and truly love children. The last thing you want is a revolving door, or a nanny who won’t be attentive, safe, and loving to your child. It’s also important that your nanny has a stable personality so that she doesn’t bring drama to your family. Databases don’t offer much information on each nanny. Many applicants are really occasional babysitters or are settling for a nanny position because of a tough economy. Checking references and interviewing nannies is time-consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an online pre-screening system that helps you easily decide which nannies to pursue rather than wasting time on the nannies who aren’t qualified or aren’t a good match for your family?
Nanny Screening Tools
We have been screening and placing nannies for 12 years using our psychologist-developed personality screening and matching test, detailed application and online questionnaire. We’ve made the same tools available to families nationwide so you can choose the best nannies from a database quickly and easily. You simply post your job on the database directing nannies to your personal screening site. The nanny applies to your job by completing the application, personality screen and online questionnaire. The nannies who don’t have real experience and references won’t bother to go to the screening site. You instantly see each nanny’s experience, personality screen results and answers to 20 important questions on your confidential personal screening site. Then you choose which nannies to pursue. It’s typical for a family to see 20-30 applicants on the site, with 3 or 4 who instantly stand out as having solid, verifiable experience and the right personality traits for your family. You call her references and meet her in person. This is the same efficient process we use at our agency to send our families the very best candidates.
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Dr. Ann Wycoff is founder of Safe and Sound Nannies, a full service agency, and The Nanny Answer, an online, do-it-yourself nanny screening service.