What are the important things you need to ask of a new babysitter? After all, you are putting them in charge of your most precious possessions! You want to make sure they will be engaging and fun, and also responsible with your children. So what are some things you should ask while interviewing them before giving them the job?
Parenting Tips: Babysitter interview questions
What are your strengths? Think of this as a job interview, and you are the employer. I am sure you have been asked this same question in at least one interview in your life. Pay attention to her answer. Is it child related?
What sort of activities do you do with kids? This is important! What is she going to do to entertain your kids while you are away? Is she the kind of sitter who is engaging, more of a teacher type person? Or is she someone who waits to see what the kids want to do, and sort of just hangs out? This is personal preference on your part. You might be ok with someone who is there to watch the kids, or you might want someone who entertains them, so the kids look forward to seeing them when you have to leave.
How do you comfort a sad or upset child? This is an important question! How is she going to handle your children being upset once you leave for the first time? What is she going to do to comfort them when they are sad or have had a bad day, or lost a game they were playing? Ideally you want someone who will either handle it in a similar way as you would, or someone who might even have a few tricks up her sleeve that you aren’t aware of yet!
How do you discipline a child? This might be one of the most important babysitter interview questions of all. If you have grabbed their name from an agency website, chances have it they are safe to be around children. But you still never know! You want to be sure to pay attention to how they answer this question. Do they listen to the child and explain why it is they are in trouble? Do they handle this in much the same manner you would?
What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a babysitter? This is also an important babysitter interview question (do you sense a pattern?) You want to know how much do they really enjoy being around children. Is this just some extra money for them? Are they studying to be a childcare provider? Listen to what is rewarding to them. Is it something similar that is also rewarding to you? Given that they probably do not have children of their own, their answer is not going to compare to actually having children, but it can come close.
The idea is you want to get to know the person who will be watching your children as best you can in the short amount of time you have to interview. You can always do a trial run as well. When I babysat as a teenager, a few families had me come over and play with the kids while they were home, so the kids were comfortable and the parents got to see how we interacted.
What sort of babysitter interview questions have you asked sitters before giving them the job of watching your little ones? Post your experience below.