Although we have screened all our sitters, we always encourage parents to feel free to ask them some additional questions when they first meet them.
We have put together a list of common interview questions if you are at a loss for what to ask them; use as many or little as you feel comfortable. We hope this helps!
How would you feel if I brought up an issue with the children and I felt very strongly that I wanted it handled a certain way? In other words, if I couldn’t see a way to compromise on an issue, do you think you could work with that?
What child-care roles have you done in the past? Sitter, nanny, coach, etc.?
How many years have you been working with children?
How many children have you cared for at a time in your previous positions?
What do you like most about working with children?
What do you find to be the most challenging part of working with children?
What was your worst experience when caring for a child and how did you resolve it?
Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
How do you like to communicate with the family about the child’s day? Do you use a log? Talk about the day in person? Make phone calls throughout the day?
Are there any additional household responsibilities you are comfortable taking on?
Would you care for a sick child?
How would you keep my child safe out in public? At home?
In a nutshell, what is your overall child rearing philosophy?
What is your view on nutrition for children?
What are your views on discipline? Are you willing to change if we ask?
What would you do if my child hit or hurt another child? What would you do if my child hit or hurt you?
How would you handle it if my child lied to you?
How do you handle a crying baby?
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child’s day?
What types of educational activities would you engage a child in?
How much television do you think is appropriate for children? What kinds of shows?
How do you feel about pets? (If you have any at home)
How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?
Are you willing to supervise playtime with other children in our home?
Are you planning on taking any time off in the next 6 months? (Regular bookings)