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A career in child care can be a fulfilling job. You can interact with children, get to know the family, and build lasting relationships. The first step in becoming a nanny or babysitter is to complete the interview. By showing off your skills and personality effectively, you can secure the job and launch your career. The following are some basic tips to give your best possible interview.



Be Friendly

Remember that parents want to hire a nanny or babysitter who they trust and are happy to interact with. So, be friendly and show off your personality during your interview. Be warm when entering their home, ask them questions about themselves, and keep the conversation light. If their children are around, interact with them. The parent will be happy to see you hitting it off with their little ones.


Sell Your Experience

Trustworthy nannies and babysitters should have experience working with children, so elaborate on yours. Talk about your past child care jobs in detail. Talk about what age groups you have worked with and what skills you can bring to their home. Some popular selling points might be the ability to work with newborns, experience with kids with special needs, and jobs in professional day care settings. To make your experience even more marketable, bring references.


Bring Certificates

Put together a folder with documents that might help you stand out. Include your child care resume and a list of professional references. You should also bring copies of your driver’s license, CPR certificate, infant care class certification, water safety certificate, and similar qualifications. All of these documents will give you a more professional image.


Come Prepared with Questions

As with any job interview, you should have questions prepared for your child care interview. You might consider asking about the children’s’ routines, whether you will be required to cook, which activities they are comfortable with, and what a typical day might look like. You should also ask specifics about their children, such as whether they have any activities that you will need to drive them to. All of these details will help you determine whether the nanny or babysitter role is right for you.