Before beginning your search, write up a brief description of what you are looking for in a babysitter or nanny. Cover such things as work schedule, job responsibilities, living with you or not, experience and training, salary and benefits, legal status, fluency in English, valid driver's license, and other requirements. Be prepared to compromise on less important issues.
8. Arrange a second interview.
If you're undecided, schedule a second meeting with the two or three best candidates. You may want to ask the babysitter or nanny to come spend the day with you to see how he or she interacts with your child throughout the day (but you'll need to pay for his or her time).
9. Consider ordering a background check.
It may sound a bit paranoid, but the reality is that the babysitter or nanny will be spending many unsupervised hours with your child. As a parent, you'll want to be sure that you don't accidentally hire someone with falsified credentials, a bad driving record, or a criminal background.
12. Create an agreement.
Create an employment agreement covering all the details of the job, including hours, pay, benefits, and responsibilities.