Following on the heels of What are some good places to find trustworthy babysitters?, once we are interviewing potential babysitters, what should we look for to identify them as trustworthy?
Of course there's "chemistry", where you just gauge the vibe you get from talking to the person, and how well your kids like them during the interview; but that's very subjective and going to differ from person to person.
I'm more interested in things that the dedicated babysitter can do to help assure the parents that their children are in good hands:
- CPR and First Aid certifications would make me feel better, but I doubt I would have made the time to get them at that age
- INA - International Nanny Association (which I only mention because it's mentioned on sittercity.com)
- A background check would be nice, but performing it myself or through a service could be expensive/invasive/time consuming and it would be nice if it was just something offered through a service.
What else should you look for?