It has never been an easy task for parents to decide whether to take a babysitter for their children or not. Leaving the children with a teenager, even one whom they trust and has the basic skills of childcare, is challenging.
The young adult should be responsible and experienced enough to perform the basic tasks, such as:
- Bedtime routine
- Providing a meal
- Safety actions
- Entertaining the children
The babysitter should have good communication with children and know how to handle delicate situations, as his/her working hours are usually a few intensive hours during the evening when the children are on their way to bed.
This article suggests the basic questions to ask when interviewing a babysitter.
Questions to ask a Potential Babysitter
1. General Questions on Experience and Background
- Why do you want to work as a babysitter?
- What is your childcare experience with babysitting and with children?
- How many families have you worked for? How many years of experience do you have?
- How long have you worked by a single family?
- What are the ages of children you’ve worked with?
- Have you worked with infants? (If relevant.)
- Where do you live? How old are you? Your phone number, ID, and security number.
- Do you have references? Can we contact your references – the families you’ve worked for?
- What is your hourly rate?
- What is your availability – time schedule and work hours?
2. Questions on Safety
- Did you learn basic first aid and CPR?
- Are you familiar with emergency situations?
- Have you ever had to handle an emergency? In emergency situations such as accidents or illnesses, what is your standard procedure in handling the situation?
- What is the first action you take having a situation in which the child …?
- How do you communicate information to the parents about different issues such as emergencies, behavioral issues, etc.?
3. Behavioral Questions
- Describe a typical evening with a child. What are the activities you do with a child of such-and-such an age?
- What do you like the most about working with children?
- How would you describe your approach to discipline, child caring, and nutrition?
- How would you handle a situation in which the child refuses to go to sleep, hits or hurts others, lies, cries, shouts, etc.?
- Tell us of the most stressful situation you faced during babysitting.
4. Infant Caring
You may ask questions concerning changing diapers, carrying an infant, preparing formula and feeding, relaxing a baby, etc.
You may also be interested in reading the “nanny interview questions” article.
Child Care Job Interviews