When you think about it, a babysitter has the most important job: taking care of your children. Why then would you choose one without first interviewing her and checking her references? When you hire a babysitter, you’re the employer and the babysitter is your employee. By following a process of interviewing and checking references, you’ll feel more confident that you’ve hired the right person.
Many employee searches begin with a phone interview. You should do the same. Start the interview by letting the potential babysitter know the number and age of your children, your address, any special issues, transportation, and “pet peeves” or restrictions. Go over your expectations and stress that your first priority is to keep your child safe and happily entertained.
Then, you’ll want to ask the babysitter a few crucial questions:
If the phone interview goes well, and if your schedule allows, arrange a pre-job personal interview to check out your “gut response” to the babysitter. If you feel you’ve found the right babysitter, the next step is to check references. Do not hire a babysitter if you cannot check their references!
When you hire a babysitter, you are hiring a person you are willing to trust with the responsibility for your child’s life. Make sure you select a trustworthy, responsible babysitter to watch and take care of your child.
Has your sitter taken a babysitting preparation course? If not, consider chatting with her parents about signing her up for Safe Sitter®. Use our Find a Class tool.