Questions For Hiring a Babysitter
In Person Interview:
My Experience : tell about your family life, why you are looking for a babysitter, that you don’t smoke, drink or do drugs
Ask: What is your family experience? – You want them to start talking about themselves and the type of family they were raised in
Ask: Why do you want to babysit? – granted they probably need the money but somewhere in the conversation they should mention that they LOVE kids.
Ask: How long do you envision being available?: You are looking for sense of commitment – you don’t want to go through this in another 3 months.
Ask: What do you like to do with kids? – You want to make sure they know how to entertain the age of my child.
Ask: How do you discipline childrens? – you want to hear what they say, time out , talk it out – make sure to tell them you do not believe in spanking,
Ask: Do you know CPR?
Ask: Are you comfortable with infant stuff (dependent on age)
Ask: How long would you let a baby cry for? – make sure she knows your philosophy
Ask:If you were hiring a babysitter for your own children what would you look for? – loving, nurturing, patient, kind or does she want someone who arrives on time and is tidy.
Ask: what are you doing now? Why are you leaving?
Ask: Do you smoke? Drink? Do drugs? – you might be surprised by answers and if they are lying.
Ask: how is your health?
Ask: What are your strengths? (you want to hear patient, great with KidS)
Ask: What are your weaknesses? If they can’t think of one move to next question
Ask: for 3 references
Questions for References – VERY IMPORTANT!!!
Ask: how long have you know the applicant?
Ask: do you have children? Ages?
Ask: How did she interact with them?
Ask: Did the children life her? Vice Versa
Ask: What did she do with them?
Ask: Can you describe her temperament?
Ask: Describe her personality?
Ask: Do you think she is mature, smart, has common sense?
Ask: Does she take direction well? Criticism?
Ask: Any emotional or medical problems?
Ask: Honest and responsible?
Ask: Did she follow your rules?
Ask: Any drugs or alcohol?
Ask: Reliable, arrive on time, cancel?
Ask: Leave house neat?
Ask: Does she show initiative?
Ask: Does she have a lot of stress in her life? How does she handle it?
Ask: Is she easy to talk to ?
Ask: What do you think her strengths are? Weakness?
Ask: Did you use a nanny cam? If so did anything bother you? And how did she take it?