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Babysitter Interview Questions

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  1. How many children have you been a babysitter for at a single time? How comfortable were you with that number? See answer
  2. Explain a time when one of the children you were watching misbehaved and how you handled the situation. See answer
  3. What do you find most challenging about being a babysitter and how do you work around that? See answer
  4. How well do you follow instructions, and do you feel comfortable coming into someone’s home? See answer
  5. What would you do if the child you’re babysitting gets hurt?
  6. A parent of a child you’re babysitting criticizes your performance. How do you handle this?
  7. How do you handle parental expectations that you do not agree with?
  8. Do you think complying with your client’s house rules is important? Please explain your answer.
  9. What is your experience in babysitting children with special needs?
  10. Do you have any requirements, such as having a night light, if an overnight shift is required?
  11. Tell me about your experience in preparing meals for the children you’re babysitting.
  12. What are your personal characteristics that make you an efficient babysitter?
  13. Do you have any dietary preferences? If so, please explain.
  14. Tell me about your experience in giving first aid.
  15. If there is an emergency, such as a fire or an injury, how would you remain calm?
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6 Babysitter Interview Questions and Answers

Q:

How many children have you been a babysitter for at a single time? How comfortable were you with that number?

A:

This question is key if you are looking to hire a babysitter for multiple youngsters. If the candidate is most comfortable with fewer children than what you had hoped, you may want to consider other applicants. If the candidate voluntarily states that they would be comfortable working with more children than their actual experience, it provides you with an opportunity to test their eagerness against their ability. What to look for in an answer:

  • Wide range of experience
  • Demonstrates overall confidence
  • Willingness and ability to babysit multiple kids
Example:

“I babysat seven children for the summer. While this is a number I can handle again, I am most comfortable babysitting five or less.”

Q:

Explain a time when one of the children you were watching misbehaved and how you handled the situation.

A:

No matter how good your children may be, there is most certainly going to be a time when they misbehave with their babysitter. You will want to know how someone reacted to a certain situation as it will help you learn how they react under pressure. Their handling of a previous situation is a good indicator of how they will handle something similar if and when it happens again. What to look for in an answer:

  • Examples of appropriate punishment
  • Demonstrates patience and understanding
  • Provides clear definitions of poor behavior
Example:

“One of the children tried to hit their sibling, so I followed the parents’ instructions and had him sit in a time out.”

Q:

What do you find most challenging about being a babysitter and how do you work around that?

A:

Often, people talk about their love for children and how their work as a babysitter is fulfilling. It it nice to know people like their jobs, but it is arguably more important to know what dampens their enthusiasm. This question will help you accomplish two things: It will show if the candidate is honest, and it will let you know what might trigger problems later on. What to look for in an answer:

  • Openness about their challenges
  • Actionable ways they either prevent or address these issues
  • Overall dedication to the work
Example:

“Whenever a child consistently misbehaves, I always struggle with how to best handle it. I work closely with parents to ensure the best care.”

Q:

What would you do if the child you are babysitting gets hurt?

A:

Knowing how to handle a frightening situation is critical when it comes to watching children. Finding someone who plans for emergencies is a trait shared by the best in this profession. The candidate’s answer will show how well they are prepared for something that goes wrong and how they approach these situations. What to look for in an answer:

  • Voluntary certification or training on basic medical procedures
  • Examples of how they remained calm in similar situations
  • Overall attentiveness
Example:

“It’s important to always remain calm. I am CPR certified and always ensure I know where the parents keep medical supplies so that I can make sure minor injuries are cared for.”

Q:

How well do you follow instructions, and do you feel comfortable coming into someone’s home?

A:

This is an important question because you will want a babysitter who respects the house rules of the family. The worst problem is when a stranger comes into your home and wants to do it their own way. Look for candidates who respect different approaches to things such as screen time for children. Having someone who follows the instructions will also help set an example for the children. What to look for in an answer:

  • Examples of when they followed family rules
  • Respectful of parental authority
  • Willingness to clarify instructions for better understanding
Example:

“I make sure I understand the expectations of the parents and standard house rules so that I can make sure the children are well-behaved.”

Q:

A parent of a child you're babysitting criticizes your performance. How do you handle this?

A:

Babysitters should be able to handle criticism from their clients, especially if it's constructive. An employer can use this question to separate candidates who can work well under parental supervision from the rest. A skilled babysitter would articulate a strategy for using the feedback to improve their performance. A candidate's answer should emphasize:

  • Ability to connect to a client even during a difficult situation
  • Ability to deal with criticism professionally
  • Communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
An example answer to this question can look like this:
Example:

"I would listen to the parent carefully, using my communication skills to understand the issue. If I have made a mistake, I would apologize immediately, show gratitude for the feedback, develop a strategy for avoiding similar mistakes in the future and communicate my approach to my client. If the criticism is focused on improving my performance, I would use it as an opportunity to learn any relevant new techniques or behaviors that make me more effective at my job. If I do not understand the basis for the criticism, I would make that clear and work with my client to resolve the problem while maintaining our relationship."

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