Finding a babysitter for our son was harder than we ever thought it would be. We wanted somebody that would come to our house the hours that my husband and I were at work. Since we didn’t know anybody available for the position we looked online. We were nervous about hiring a complete stranger, but after hearing about kids being abused in day care and even dying we didn’t feel we had a choice. We started on Sitter City. We emailed sitters but no one’s schedule worked with what we needed. A big problem was that most of the sitters were looking for full time hours, but we could not offer that. We just needed someone for a few hours a couple days a week.
So we decided to try another sitter website, Care.com. They monthly fee was cheaper and there was no initial membership fee like with Sitter City. Fortunately we had much better luck with this website. We had to weed through all the profiles of possible employees. Some were too young, some too old, some lived too far, some seemed weird. So we set up interviews with women that we felt would be a good fit for our family.
We had a couple of quite memorable ones. A girl in her early twenties was supposed to meet with us one Saturday afternoon. When it was passing the time of her appointment my husband decided to give her a call and see what was going on. When she answered the phone said she was running late because she was driving home from Indiana and would be about another hour. We were new to this whole interview thing so we didn’t know what to do. So we told her to come as soon as she could, we did not realize at the time what a huge red flag that was. When she finally got there we sat down and got to business. We asked her questions about her experience with children and what she planned on doing with her life in the near future. The interview was going ok except for use of profanity. Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I are no saints when it comes to language, but at an interview you should show some respect! We quickly showed her the door. Needless to say we did not hire her!