Parents or babysitting agencies are very cautious when they hire a babysitter or a nanny. This is understandable as it is their child’s safety and development which comes first.
A majority of parents, despite wanting to, cannot ask effective questions to a prospective babysitters during interview.
Take a look at the following sample questions (and answers you would like to hear) and see how they can help you interviewing a babysitter.
Potential babysitters may use these sample questions and answers to prepare for an interview.
Why do you want to be a babysitter?
I love children and my compassionate nature and friendly personality makes me get along with them in no time. I am able to keep children happy and this quality makes me happy too. I enjoy developing kids emotionally, socially and physically, which is the main reason why I want this job. It’s fun to manage and grow-up children.
What qualifies you as a babysitter?
I am punctual, energetic and dependable person. Also, I am CPR and First Aid certified and possess current driver’s license with a clean driving record. Over and above, I understand children’s varying developmental needs.
How many years of experience and what kind of babysitting skills do you possess?
I have more than 3 years of hands-on experience in babysitting with different families and agencies. Being caring for children since I was in my early teens, I know the functions of this job very well. Once my neighbors asked me to look after their children when they were at a party, there I found my potential of looking after children’s needs. Moreover, I have a younger brother whom I have been taking care of since he was an infant.
What are the typical duties of a babysitter?
A babysitter is responsible for children’s safety and wellbeing, bottle-feeding infants, cooking meals for them, responding to their needs, maintaining the house in a neat and clean condition, grooming the children, accompanying them to the park and parties, helping with homework and teaching them to become independent, responsible citizens.
How do you manage two children of different ages at the same time?
Children at different developmental stages have varied needs. I am well versed in managing their cognitive, physical and psycho-social demands and devising age specific complementing activities. Paying equal amount of attention to both children is the key. I also divide up the time strategically so that one of the two is on an independent task at all times.
How do you rate your cooking skills?
Cooking has always been my passion so I’d say a ten out of ten. I am expert in cooking and serving appetizing and highly nutritious meals for children. I observe their preferences first, then decide what they would like which is why they always love the food I cook for them.
Name some activities for children to do on snow or rainy days?
Arts and craft, hide and seek, word games and puzzle making.
How do you handle children when they miss their parents?
When I feel a child is missing his/her parents I instantly devise and initiate an activity of the child’s interest to distract him/her. I also check if there is an underlying need or problem which is causing the child to miss the parents too much and usually resolve the issue.
Have you ever dealt with two fighting toddlers? Share your experience.
Yes, once I accompanied a child on a birthday party. Over there he indulged into fight with his age fellow over some candy. I handled the situation tactfully by reinforcing the concept of sharing is caring and both of them and calmed them down in very less time.
Are you comfortable with light housekeeping duties?
Definitely, it’s a part of any babysitter’s job. I can do laundry, run errands, do grocery and maintain the house in a neat and clean order.
What ages of children are you most and least comfortable with?
I have no favorites. I absolutely enjoy caring for and am comfortable with children of all ages.
What is the longest period of time that you have been employed and why did you leave?
I had been working for the Mr. Smith’s children for 2 years. I left because the family moved to Sweden.
What age group of children have you had the experience of babysitting?
I have hands-on experience working with infants to the children of age 11.
Describe your level of interaction with children.
I am friendly with kids. I understand the use of positive and polite language in front of kids for their psychological development. I know when a child needs special attention. I can make crying kids laugh in a minute. I believe in spending time with kids in a productive way by engaging them in activities which involve learning and development of mind as well as healthy growth.
How would you handle a particularly naughty little boy? What is your approach towards discipline?
Children generally need attention when they are being naughty and the best thing to do would be to give it to them. Show interest in what they are doing. If they are doing something they shouldn’t be doing, I usually just direct their attention somewhere else. What always works is, “Hey let’s go check out that ice cream tub in the freezer!” or “Hey is that a plane I see?” I handle all children employing the art of diverting whether they are naught or not.
What toileting assistance can you provide to younger kids and infants?
I am efficient at changing diaper for infants and assisting in toileting needs of elder kids which also involves giving them toilet training. I am also able to assist kids in taking shower and teaching them the importance of keeping oneself clean and tidy. Moreover, I am very good at giving tub and sink baths to infants and toddlers as well.
Have you planned, assisted or hosted any family event like a birthday party?
Yes, several times. Not only birthday parties but also family dinners, Halloween parties, fun fares and Easter eves.
Are you trained in CPR and first aid?
I am CPR and First Aid Certified. In fact these are the first things that I learnt when I decided to choose babysitting as a career as one never knows what kind of situation one might find oneself in.
Tell us about any instance when you provided medical assistance to the children you were babysitting?
There was a 6 years’ old boy under my supervision who had asthma. I always made sure that his medicines and inhalers were accessible at all times. Whenever he used to have an attack, I helped him with inhaling and the medication to make him feel better. In addition, I kept the environment clean and free of any material that can cause his disease to aggravate. On the general note, I keep the place free from harmful and filthy items to avoid any mishaps.
Let us have a rapid fire session. Tell me what pops into your head when you hear the words I say:
a. Mother: Love
b. Bedroom: Organized
c. Babysitting: Fun, passion, friendliness and duty together
d. Diapers: Should be changed on time
e. Bedtime: Stories
f. A crying baby: Needs care and love
g. Fever: Thermometer
h. Emergency: Don’t panic
i. Food: Nutritious and hygienic
Do you have references that I can contact?
Of course! I have provided the detail of two families that I have worked with on the bottom of my resume. They will all be happy to recommend me and answer any questions that you may have.