Child Care

How to Prepare for a Babysitting Interview

Babysitting can be a great source of income. Whether you are a student, someone looking for extra cash, or you want to make childcare a full-time job, there are certain things you need to know when interviewing for a babysitting position. But first, you should also know that being in childcare services is not an easy task. It means that you need to take care of toddlers and kids on daily basis. They will surely put your patience to a test but if you are passionate about your job then you are definitely going to enjoy your time. 

As is important for any interview, show up on time. Or even better, show up 5 to 10 minutes early. Seeing that you are punctual will be a big relief to the parents. After all, the child needs supervision for a set amount of time and anything can happen in the time that you are late arriving.

Since this isn’t an office interview, you don’t need to show up wearing slacks and a button-down but do dress as neat as possible. Appearance is everything, and if you appear to be neat and organized in the way you dress they will assume that is how you will be as a babysitter.

While introducing yourself, eye contact and a smile are important. You want to show that you are confident that you can handle the job and come across as a fun, happy person. After all, if there is one thing children do best, it’s having fun! Their parents are going to want to make sure they are hiring someone who can be creative in the time they spend with the children and keep them happy and occupied.

When they ask you about past experiences with children, be honest and be specific. Don’t just say “I’ve babysat for the past 3 years.” Give examples of what you did with the children, how you deal with discipline, what kind of activities you like to have them do.

Do not be afraid to negotiate with pay. In larger cities, pay usually can vary anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour, depending on how far you have to travel, how many kids you are taking care of, and if there are any other requirements they ask of you (house cleaning, shopping, etc). Childcare is a tough job, so don’t deny yourself the pay you feel is right.

Make sure you are clear on your terms and that you ask them about theirs. Some parents don’t mind the TV on in front of kids, some do. Some will let you help yourself to their fridge, some would rather you pack your own lunch. Make sure there is communication between you about what is and is not allowed so this doesn’t become an unnecessary issue later on.

Make sure you have references in case they would like to contact them, and all of your own contact information handy. All you can do from here on out is hope for the best. And remember, if you don’t get this job, there is always a couple looking for some “we” time, so another babysitting job will be sure to spring up.

Good luck!