Prior to hiring a nanny, it is important to run a reference check to fill information gaps that might exist in a candidate’s performance history. A good reference has a fairly recent history with the candidate and is available to speak on the phone. Questions should be specific about work history, such as how long the person was employed and why he or she left, as well as those that help create a clear picture of behaviors while on the job regarding communication, reliability, and consistency. Finally, learning about who the person is outside of work and how their personality plays into their role as a caregiver is important, as well. Avoid asking questions that are about age, disabilities, sex, religion, and pregnancy status.