According to All Parenting, when interviewing potential babysitters, parents ask candidates about their past positions, reasons for wanting to work with children and approach to problem solving. Parents compare the candidate's experience to their family's needs, says Sittercity executive vice president Melissa Marchwick. For instance, a sitter who primarily works with toddlers may not know the proper procedures for feeding, washing and caring for infants.
Encourage candidates to describe their ideal work environment and explain why their previous positions ended. Ingrid Kellaghan, the founder of the Cambridge Nanny Group, suggests asking babysitters to share an experience where they had to resolve a disagreement with clients. These types of questions help parents spot incompatible traits and determine whether candidates are respectful towards each client's family dynamic. Avoid future conflicts by asking babysitters to list any duties they consider off limits, such as preparing meals.
Find out which candidates have specialized skills, such as CPR certification and first aid training, suggests Fox Business. Determine if the potential babysitter can react quickly when a child is injured or attempts to swallow a harmful object. Check to see if candidates who speak multiple languages or have a strong academic background are open to working as a tutor or providing daily homework help.
Ask candidates for permission to contact their references. Previous employers can offer a more in-depth perspective of the babysitter's strengths and weaknesses; and, it is important to verify the length of employment and type of responsibilities. Fellow parents also hone in on the small details, such as how comfortably the children interacted with the sitter and the types of activities they enjoyed together.