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The Interview: Childcare Search Tips with

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As I wrote about in blog one, I am in need of childcare! I recently made a cross-country move and gave up a great daycare situation. As a work-from-home mom sneaking in a little work here and there (nap time, tv time, bed time) things just aren't working.

In blog one I offered suggestions based on my experience and the resources provided to me by   Here I share some interview tips from I followed in interviewing candidates:

- Where will you be interviewing the candidate and who will be present? suggests creating a quiet environment with no interruptions. That doesn't necessarily mean no kids present but be sure to have activities in mind to keep them busy.

- Interview several candidates so you can compare, but don't overload yourself with too many interviews in one day.

- Always explain to the kids what is happening (age appropriate of course!) I recruited my 4 year old as my co-assessor.

- Prepare questions in advance

- Be sure to outline the job and the expectations in the interview. Prepare a job description and have on-hand a list of traits most important to you.

- Watch for warning signs: did the candidate show up late? was the person uninterested in the children? too concerened about salary? unkempt? refused to provide references?

- If you like the candidate, consider asking him or her to do a trial day or half day.

I was so pleased with my candidate I did go ahead and hire her. She starts next week! In my next blog, I will tell you all about what you need to consider when commiting to the hire.


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