Babysitting Jobs: Hiring the Best Babysitter
Looking for someone to fill a babysitting job? As a parent, hiring a reliable and knowledgeable babysitter can be a daunting proposition. Who can you trust to care for your child the way you would? Here are some tips for filling your babysitter position with the very best.
Interviewing - Knowing what questions to ask can help you choose the right babysitter.
- Ask the candidate to talk about any previous babysitting experience.
- Inquire about special training. Has the candidate taken any babysitting, CPR or first aid courses?
- Ask about extracurricular activities. Spending time with children outside of paid babysitting jobs can indicate a true love of kids.
- Does the candidate have any health issues that might interfere with the job?
- Ask the candidate about plans for entertaining the children.
- What age groups does the candidate enjoy most? Least? Why?
- Does the candidate have experience with the basics? Changing diapers, cooking, etc.?
- Ask the candidate specific questions about handling sibling spats, boredom, homework, etc.
- Verify the information your potential babysitter has supplied. When calling references, ask for confirmation of the dates of employment, educational background, etc. If any discrepancies arise, this should raise a red flag regarding the candidate's truthfulness.
- Ask questions that will reveal the candidate's ability to handle a crisis. Asking about a specific or hypothetical situation will help you gain insight into the candidate's decision-making abilities.
- If a reference is hesitant to talk or give vague answers, beware. This may indicate a problem.
- Ask questions about the candidate's reliability. Was she often late?
- If possible, talk to the children your candidate has cared for in the past. Do they seem excited when talking about their babysitter?
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