Hi. This is my first time having to have a babysitter outside of our family. I have an interview set up but I am not sure what kind of questions to ask. Can you give me a couple of examples to start with?
Hi there. I'd say, always start with these basics:
1. What experience have you had with (insert your child's age) this age group of children? It is a good way to get a vibe for how comfortable they are.
2. Something about their creativity and playfulness. One of my personal favorites: What will you do with my child on a rainy day?
3. Ask them to tell you a little about themselves, where they grew up, how they grew up and how they ended up here with you on this interview. A life story tells a lot about a person...plus helps you both feel more comfortable. You should probably share a bit about your family too.
After that, it is really about what you need and want from this person: hours, salary, responsibilities etc... Care.com has a list of these Babysitter Interview Questions in their Babysitter Guide. Good luck!