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 emotional or physical maturity to deal with the many problems … Continue reading What to Ask a Babysitter

Interview Tip #10: Don’t Appear Judgmental

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 childcare related question? Drop us a line at sitters (@) … Continue reading Interview Tip #10: Don’t Appear Judgmental

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 and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our … Continue reading Interview Tip #8: Get the Candidates Perception

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 opinion on each child individually.” See how comfortable you are … Continue reading Interview Tip #7: Check those References

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 cannot be learned or brought. If you really like a … Continue reading Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins

Interview Tip #5: Talk Less, Listen More

One of the most common mistakes parents make in an interview  is doing the bulk of the talking. The purpose of the interview is to get to know as much as possible about the candidates so that you can make an informed decision about which of them to choose. Let the candidate do the talking. Structure your questions to inspire  longer answers from the candidates. Keep … Continue reading Interview Tip #5: Talk Less, Listen More

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 the candidate to relax and feel more comfortable, resulting in a smoother … Continue reading Interview Tip #4: Get Cosy