4 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Sitter

1. Pre-Screening Potential Candidates

  • Review profiles and create a potential list of potential babysitters / nannies that fit your family.
  • Pay particular attention to education, prior experience, certifications and hourly rate.
  • Read previous client reviews:  Many profiles already list parent reviews of the sitter.  It’s a good idea to know what previous employers think about a particular sitter.
  • Run Basic Background Checks:  It is your responsibility to run background checks on the candidates that you are interested in.  This is a must now days. 

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2. Interview Process

  • Once you have narrowed your search, reach out to your short list
  • Remember, proceed with caution when communicating with anyone you are not familiar with.
  • Communicate via e-mail first: Don’t give your last name, home address, phone number, place of work or other identifying information in initial messages.
  • Also, don’t hesitate to stop communication with anybody you don’t feel comfortable with.
  • Conduct phone interviews:  Take 10 minutes or so to interview each candidate by phone.  This should give you an initial idea about the candidates personality, experience and professionalism. 
  • Meet for in-person interviews:  Meet your final candidates face-to-face for a more in depth interview. Outline job details, your expectations regarding discipline, job responsibilities, etc. Meet at a public place e.g. a coffee shop or other place with other people around.  This provides a way to evaluate the caregiver prior to inviting them to your home.
  • Get kid approval:  Unfortunately this is one step that most parents leave out.  When comfortable with a candidate during the interview process, bring your child into the room to see how the potential caregiver interacts with them.  

3. Verify Work History and Background

  • Check References:  Check the the references listed on the caregiver’s profile and ask the caregiver for more references if you feel the need.  Speak with previous employers and verify if the information the caregiver has given you matches what the employer has to say.  Verify how the caregiver performed overall in her previous job(s) and if the previous employer would hire the sitter again if they needed to. 

4. Monitor The Relationship

  • Observation once hired is essential step.  Ask the caregiver directly how the day went.  Ask your kids how they are enjoying spending time with the sitter.
  • Ask neighbors what their observations are when they see the caregiver and children outside interacting. 

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