Must ask questions before hiring a house help
The crazy life of the working mom has created the rising demand for domestic managers. Let’s face it –without these hardworking women, we moms would be lost. We need a responsible eye watching over the kids when we’re held up at work, in a late meeting or running errands.
With the recent cases of children being mistreated by house helps however, there is need for parents to do a thorough background check on house helps before hiring them. Despite the fact that potential candidates are likely to lie during the questioning session, it is wise for parents to trust their instincts on whether the answer is correct or not and inquire the following from the house helps before they start working for you.
1. Where is your parents or guardians home?
Knowing your house help’s parents or place of residence will greatly help when you want to trace them incase anything unexpected happens.Declare an interest in visiting the parents or guardians and carefully note the reaction of the house help. You may throw in something like, “I have a friend who comes from the same area, she could be knowing your home” this can send signals that there is no chance to lie.
2. Do you have any health complications ?
Inquire about her health record and let her inform whether she has been treated of any illness in the recent past, like one year ago. This is just to have an idea of the health status of the house help and avoid cases of faked sick offs in future. Make it clear that being sickly does not call for discrimination during hiring.
3. How can we contact your relatives in case you fall ill?
Obtain the contacts of the relatives, not minding if the contacts are set up friends who have been put on standby. Check the authenticity of the contacts provided at a time when the house help is unaware. This will help you to get the facts that you may not be aware of.
4. What was the reason for leaving your last job?
Ii is important to obtain as much details on the day to day activities they were involved in at their employer’s house. Watch out for blame games to any family member of the last employer as this will give you the warning signs
5. What is your salary expectation?
Listen carefully to see if there is any hint of a preferred raise after a certain time as this can hint on the likelihood of the house help working for you for. Make sure you agree on the salary, working hours, duties, time off and leave. If you need to modify any part of your agreement, let her know. Don’t wake up one day, for example, and decide she can’t have the day off. Communicate regularly and efficiently with her, and you will have a happy employee.
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6.What will you do to discipline a kids?
You should set boundaries on how the house help should handle the kids. When interrogating her,be keen to note any signs of a violent person through the words they use when answering this question. The correct answer would be “You cannot discipline a baby, you can only find out what is making them uncomfortable and sort that”.
Well, you need to make sure that whoever you hire loves taking care of your kids. The best way to know if a potential employee will manage your children well is to let her meet them and see their reaction.When you do get that domestic manager who loves the kids like her own, don’t turn her into their mom. Get home early and spend time with the kids so that she can have a break. Also, let her know that she’s doing a great job, and reward her for it!
7. What plans do you have in future?
This will again give hints of a keeper kind of a house help along with give an idea of what kind of a person you are dealing with when it comes to having plans for future life hence the pressure to achieve them assures you of a hard worker.
8. What would you do if I have an emergency on your day off?
This will clear the air on what to expect when it is the house help’s day off. Deliberate on what must be done before going off and the timings.
9. What kind of duties are a no-no for you?
Check on what the house help expects from you including the work she should perform.Explain to her exactly what the job entails and what you expect. Let her tell you about her previous job experiences, and what she expects from you. Watch out for a complainant at this point and also the ‘holy’ kind who pretend to be okay with all kind of duties regardless.
10.Any contacts of people you have worked for previously?
This is another area that house helps can easily set up by giving the numbers of friends. Confirm their authenticity.