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What to ask a babysitter

What to ask a babysitter

Last week we looked at the different options available to parents in sourcing a babysitter. Today we look at the aspects one should consider when sourcing a candidate yourself, through a newspaper, listing site or other direct advertising. Consider the age of your children and that of the sitter: Younger teenagers do not posses the … Continue reading

Interview tip #10: Don’t appear judgemental

Interview tip #10: Don’t appear judgemental

Whilst going through the interview process, don´t appear judgmental as the candidate answers. This will ensure she is comfortable during the interview and a candidates who is comfortable with you will share more information about herself. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our new Facebook group. Got a … Continue reading

Interview tip #8: Get the candidates perception

Interview tip #8: Get the candidates perception

When questioning a candidate about her skills as an au pair, teacher, tutor or otherwise, ask questions that will give you insight to how the candidate perceives herself. Is she organized, efficient, creative, resourceful, independent? When she mentions a certain quality about herself, ask her to give examples of these skills. For more great articles … Continue reading

Interview tip #7: Check those references

Interview tip #7: Check those references

Always check references with both the reference, and the candidate. Ask the candidate about each previous employer and the children she cared for.  “Describe your last three employers, tell me what you liked and disliked about each?”  or “Tell me about the children you cared for in your last job, I would like to know your … Continue reading

Interview tip #6: Personality always wins

Many parents make the mistake of thinking that qualifications and experience can make up for a personality issue. Do not make this mistake. It is of the utmost importance that the candidate you choose be friendly, cheerful, genuine and sympathetic. While anyone can obtain a qualification or have years of experience, having the right personality … Continue reading

Interview tip #4: Get Cosy

All too many parents make the mistake of impulsively jumping straight into a long line of questions when they interview applicants. We recommend first taking a few minutes to relax, to boil a fresh pot of tea or coffee or to make idle chit chat with the potential candidate. This will assist both you and … Continue reading

Interview tip #1: Know what to ask

Interview tip #1: Know what to ask

Before interviewing a candidate, its important to know what you would like to ask them during the interview.  Click the links below to find out more on each of the 5 areas you should be enquiring about: Background and personal history Experience Abilities Age appropriate questions How to check a reference For more great articles … Continue reading

Interview tips: Ask age appropriate questions

Always ask age-appropriate interview questions. Before you interview a candidate create a list of questions pertaining to the care of children in the same age group as yours.  It is important to really get to know how the candidate handles behavioral issues, discipline, general care, responsibilities, whether you have clashing views on child rearing or whether you … Continue reading

How to check a reference telephonically

How to check a reference telephonically

To assist you to find the best staff available, we have put together a list of great questions to ask a reference. When you first call, give your name, explain who gave you the person’s details and explain that you would like to do a reference on the candidate you are calling about.  Then ask: … Continue reading