Don’t Overlook the Nanny Background Check
Regardless of the type of business, hiring the right person can be a challenge, but when recruiting a nanny or babysitter, the risks are higher than any other opening you might fill. This person, who most likely will be in your home, will take care of your child without direct supervision.
There are several ways to find a caregiver – some of which can be extremely time consuming, and some of which can be hazardously unpredictable than others.
Many parents go about the search in the traditional way: by placing wanted ads on local job boards and parenting sites like Craigslist and Yahoo jobs. This method to hire a nanny is both one of the riskiest as well as one of the most time-consuming, and isn’t a model that most people should exercise. The issue? Depending on old-fashioned gut feelings as the main decision-making criteria.
Even though parents might be satisfied with the using their instincts, this process misses a vital step: the background check. The background screening should include checking whether the person had any arrests or penalties on their driving record.
You’ll need to get the permission of the candidate for you to run a background check. Anyone you’re looking at should be compliant to that, if they’re not, that’s the first red flag.
During the interview, it is imperative you ask questions that elicit answers that draw out more about the candidate. If you can’t get honest answers at the interview, the applicant is not likely to be someone you’ll be able to trust. Make them comfortable to answer questions that include negative information.
Despite of your methodology to find a nanny candidate, it’s also important to assess the chemistry between the child and the potential nanny before making a final selection.