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Interview Questions for a Date Night Babysitter

Find the best sitter for date night with these questions.

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Your neighbors want to go on a double date with you and your partner. Or your anniversary is coming up. Or maybe you just need a night out in nice(r) clothes with just your partner. It doesn’t matter why you’re going on Date Night, it just matters that you find a great person you can depend on -- and who the kids love -- so you can have fun.

The first step in this process is to just start looking. Post a date night job and see what responses you get. Make sure your post is as thorough and detailed as possible; you want to make sure that the candidates know exactly what you're looking for in a babysitter, and when you'll need them. When you've gotten responses from a few candidates you really like, it's time for Step 2: the Phone Interview.

Interviews can be just as intimidating and nerve-wracking for the interviewers as it can be for the interviewees. To help you out, we've put together a list of great babysitter interview questions to ask a date night sitter. These questions will help you get the information you need so you can choose the best fit for your family.

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Start with the basics. (You actually can ask these over the phone. When you pass this first phase, schedule an in-person interview). These should give you a good sense of her experience, as well as of her personality:

  • What’s your background babysitting?
  • How much experience do you have with X and Y ages?
  • What certifications do you have?
  • What is your availability/do you have a curfew?
  • Do you have a car?
  • What do you typically do on the weekends/what are your interests?
  • What’s the last book you read for fun/TV show you love?
  • Would you be willing to do laundry or small projects while the kids are asleep? (This is a good way for you to tackle some house projects – it doesn’t hurt to ask!

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Focus on a possible night experience, adjusting to what you’ll need and how your children typically behave at this time:

  • What kinds of fun activities do you like to plan with X and Y year olds?
  • Are you comfortable cooking dinner for the kids?
  • What would you do if my child refuses to eat dinner?
  • What are your tricks when a child refuses to stay in bed?
  • How do you handle tantrums?
  • How would you help a child experiencing separation anxiety when we leave?
  • How would you resolve sibling disputes?

Then it’s time to get into the nitty gritty. The What Ifs. What Ifs aren’t about worst case scenarios but about how a sitter can handle anything a child can throw at them – metaphorically (hopefully)!  Ideally, these things will never happen, but you will want to make sure she is confident and comfortable in her answers. 

  • How would you help if my child has a nightmare?
  • What would you do if someone who says they’re my neighbor comes to the door?
  • What would you do if the Carbon Monoxide detector goes off?
  • What would you do if my child falls and cuts her chin?

Once  a potential  sitter meets your caregiver criteria, you will want to call at least three of her references. They can be families she's worked for, or other types of employers -- your goal is to get a sense of her professionalism and maturity.


Good luck! And if you need any date night ideas, go to Care.com/DateIdeas