For our current nanny -
We hired based on Ophelia's reaction. Ophie is 11 months old and literally hates everyone. I have to tell people at the grocery store "dont look at her" because if she doesnt know you she will SCREAM HER HEAD OFF! *snicker*
She is a little demon
As soon as she saw our current nanny she reached for her and snuggled her face into her. Wow. Hands down -wow. Seriously - my neighbor will stand on the sidewalk (when Ophie is in her swing on porch) and say "Hi Ophie" and ophie will sob.
Practical stuff for hires:
okay with donated breastmilk
when they walk in and see my child for first time - do they bend down and make eye contact with the child
is ok with my personality (im high needs and demanding in a little kind of a way)
can work with our pay (low for standard nanny wage)
Makes it clear they dont believe in crying it out
Discipline that works with ours
if children come to interview - kids are clean.
if children come to interview they dont fit with mine
poorly dressed (please dont come to my house looking like you should be going to the bar)
they sound like george bush
you know usually - you can feel it. if it fits -it fits.