When it comes to hiring a new caregiver, it can be hard to find someone who’s exactly the right fit. Are you looking for someone who’s assertive and plans fun activities for the kids, or a nurturing nanny who loves to cuddle your newborn? Maybe you’re hoping your nanny will take initiative and set goals and schedules for your family. Or you’d prefer they follow your lead and adhere to your set family rules.

No two nannies are the same, and some personalities may align better with your family than others. Here’s how to learn more about potential caregivers before you hire them, and make sure they’re a good fit for your needs.

1. Make a list of things you’re looking for in a nanny.

When you first start your search, it’s important to know what qualities you’re looking for. Write down a list of must-haves and nice to haves for your new nanny. Do they need experience with multiple children or specific ages? What about CPR training or other specialized skills? Should they be calming or energetic? Authoritative or gentle? Having specific characteristics in mind will help narrow your search.

2. Browse profiles in your area.

Once you know what you’re looking for, search for local nannies that meet your needs. Filter for things like schedule, rate and skills, and review profiles to learn more about each candidate’s background and experience. Find someone you like? Send a message to nannies you’re interested in learning more about.

3. Schedule an interview.

Now that you have a few candidates lined up, it’s time to schedule an interview. Meeting face to face or over the phone is a great way to gauge how well you connect with each other, and answer any remaining questions you may have after reviewing sitter profiles. Cover all your bases by following our babysitter interview checklist during your conversation.

4. Request a personality assessment.

While an interview is a great way to get to know potential candidates, there’s no substitute for a non-biased assessment. Our friends at Knowing Nanny recommend taking a scientific, objective approach when making hiring decisions. Their caregiver personality assessments give you insight into a sitter’s strengths, growth areas, and work style. And for a limited time, they’re offering Sittercity families a $10 discount on personality assessments! Redeem the offer here.

5. Make sure all the boxes are checked.

Once you’ve interviewed and assessed a few candidates, double check to make sure you have all the information you need. Before you extend an offer, make sure you know these 10 things about your nanny. If all the boxes are checked, congrats! You’ve found a great fit for your family.

This post was published in partnership with Knowing Nanny. Knowing Nanny offers personality assessments that give you insight into a sitter’s strengths, growth areas and work style. And just for Sittercity families, they’re offering a $10 discount on their personality assessments! Learn more here.

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As a former nanny and oldest child, Alex recognizes the many challenges that both families and sitters face on a daily basis. As a Sittercity team member, she's thrilled to use her skills and experience to make child care finally work.