Interview Guide

1. Why do you want to take care of children? What do you enjoy most about children?

2. What do children like best about you?

3. What appeals to you about taking care of children in their own home?

4. What do you hope to gain from this experience?

5. What was your last child care experience? Why did it end? What other experiences have you had caring for children? What other kinds of jobs have you had? What did you like most about each job/experience? What did you like least? (From references received, relate candidate's answers to her length of stay and reasons for leaving.)

6. How long do you think you would be willing to stay in this position? What do you plan to do when this contract is completed?

7. Do you have any health-related problems that would prevent you from doing this job?

8. Can you cook? What foods do you think are good for children?

9. Have you ever lived in your own apartment?

10. Do you consider yourself a good housekeeper?

11. Sometimes if we have to work late/go out of town/be away over a weekend/etc., would you be able to adjust your schedule to take care of the children?

12. Have you ever had to handle an emergency of any kind? What happened and what did you do?

13. What do you think makes for a happy childhood?

14. What was your own childhood like? Tell me about your family, what is important to them (and you), how you all got along, good experiences, problems, any crises, and how they were handled. What did you do together as a family? Describe the community in which you grew up.

15. What is your relationship with your family like now? How do they feel about you taking this job?

16. Do you know any other people who work as caregivers?

17. What do you like to do to have fun or relax?

18. Do you watch TV? What shows do you watch regularly?

19. What do you like most about yourself? What would you most like to improve about yourself?

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