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My best ever nanny actually came to work in very odd miniskirts but probably nto for the interview. I would say for an interview day the kind of casual clothes you would wear to do the job but perhaps your best and newest version? eg nice jeans and comfortable top / jumper???
If it is an interview day and you are going to be playing with the children I would wear what you would wear for work. Jeans and a t-shirt or Jeans and a shirt ? Just make sure everything is clean (to start the day anyway!) and there are no holes in your socks in case you take your shoes off
Thanks. I was wondering whether to wear black trousers or jeans, also whether it is better to tie my hair up (it is shoulder length). The day is with the mother, who I haven't met yet, and her four v young children. Also, if you have any thoughts about how to make a good impression it would be useful.
Off-putting things (in my opinion): high heels; masses of make-up; strong perfume (important one); long talony nails.
Appealing things: smiley face; clean brushed hair (and yes, tied back is best); comfy trousers & t-shirt that you can move in easily (ie don't reveal any tattoos when you get down to play). Shoes that you won't mind taking off if it's a no-shoes house.
I interviewed a nanny recently who wore skin tight jeans and very high heeled shoes, also had very long painted nails - she didn't interact with the kids more than to say 'hello' to them and didn't seem to comfy sitting on a floor cushion - we have no sofa at the moment.
(She didn't get the job)
Remember to say hello to all of the children and tell them your name, and get down onto the floor if one of the kids tries to play with you (presuming they are little and play on the floor). Offer to take your shoes off. Whatever you decide on make sure you don't have butt cleavage if you sit on the floor.
Agree with Binkie, and would add "not too much jewellery". The mother will want to see a well scrubbed, practically dressed prospective nanny, who is ready to engage with her children, not someone dressed to impress a boyfriend or about to go out with her girlfriends in all the latest gear.