If you decide to hire an in-home caregiver for an elderly loved one, it is important to be prepared for the interview process. Interviewing an in-home care provider is crucial to determine their compatibility with your loved one. Following you will find tips for conducting a thorough interview.
It is important to be prepared for your interview. It is not something you take lightly, so spend time to reflect on the qualities and characteristics you are looking for. Prepare a responsibility list for your potential caregiver. This allows them to get a feel for a typical day with your loved one. Have a list of questions to ask, more details following.
After screening applicants over the phone, an in-person interview is the next step. For safety reasons, you should meet in a public place or an office environment if you have access to one.
To begin the interview, you should start with some basic and general questions. This helps you and the candidate feel comfortable and get a feel for their interest and expectations. Here are some general questions to begin with.
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
- Why are you interested in this opportunity?
- What would you say are the main responsibilities of a caregiver?
- What are your strengths?
- What would you say is something you struggle with?
- Do you have a driver’s license and clean driving record? Do you have current insurance?
- What are your responsibilities outside of work? Do you have another job? Do you have flexibility to stay late when needed?
- If you prefer non-smoking, ask the applicant if they smoke? Inform them if there is no smoking or if there is smoking allowed outdoors.
- If your loved one has pets, ask if they are comfortable with that.
- Give the candidate your prepared list of responsibilities. Ask them if they are able to perform everything on the list.
- What are your expectations for vacation and time off?
Experience questions are asked to verify their knowledge and training. Why they left jobs and if they have experience with other aging adults in similar situations as your loved one. Following, are some great experience questions to ask.
- How long have you been in the elderly care field?
- What previous jobs have you had with the elderly?
- Why did you leave your last caregiver position?
- What type of caregiver certification training have you had? Are you CPR certified? Have you trained in first-aid?
- Ask them if they have ever worked with someone who has the same needs as your loved one. For example, memory loss, wheelchair bound, bathing or problems feeding. If so, tell me about those experiences.
These questions are extremely important. This gives you an opportunity to see how the potential caregiver will respond in possible scenarios. Select scenarios that you experience with your loved one. Here are 3 examples, Care.com suggests:
- How would you handle it if my mother wakes up grumpy and doesn’t want to get dressed or eat her breakfast-but she has a doctor’s appointment later that morning?
- My aunt falls, seems confused, doesn’t recognize you and won’t let you help her. She’s combative, what do you do?
- If my father is running a fever and is acting lethargic and you think there’s blood in her urine, what would you do? If I’m out of town and can’t be reached, what would you do then?
Always ask permission to perform a background check. Some people request caregivers to specific contracts. For example, they are not allowed to receive money or gifts from their loved one without approval or they are not allowed to have unauthorized guests.
The interview is the most important part to finding the right caregiver. By being prepared and knowing what questions to ask, the process is less stressful. For more information on finding caregivers and tips, contact us.