Interview Questions You Should Ask A Potential Houston Caregiver
It’s not easy to find a good caregiver to take care of your loved ones. Once you have shortlisted a few candidates, there are a few things you need to do. Whenever you are interviewing potential caregivers, you should take notes. Make sure you check and confirm the references. If you find a good applicant, don’t take too long to make an offer because they might find another job.
If your offer is accepted, set a proper date to sign the contract. Both of you should keep a copy of the contract. Make sure you request personal information such as the name, address, cell phone number, home phone number and the best time to contact. Here are some useful questions you should ask during the interview:
- Do you have a valid driver’s license? If yes, do you have a reliable mode of transportation and the proper insurance for a personal vehicle?
- Do you have any first-aid training or CPR knowledge?
- Do you have any formal caregiving training?
- How far from here is your home?
- Do you smoke?
- Can I run a background check on you?
- What type of position are you looking for?
- Have you reviewed our job description? If yes, does it fit with whatever job you are looking for?
- Can you perform the duties listed in the job description? Is there anything in the job description you are not comfortable doing?
- Are you comfortable working during the hours specified?
- Are you comfortable around pets?
- When can you start working?
- Do you have any medical conditions that might prevent you from handling tasks that require heavy lifting?
- Do you have the strength to move the patient from the wheelchair to the bed or into a vehicle?
- Are you willing to adjust your schedule if we choose to go on a vacation, are delayed or go out of town? What time commitments are you willing to do for the job?
- What was your previous employment? How long did you work there? Why did you leave the last position?
- Can you provide information about your previous employer so we can contact them?
- Are you able to prepare meals if required and what type of food can you cook?
- What’s your experience cooking for other people?
- How do you feel about caring for disabled/elderly or incapable people? How do you feel about caring for an individual with memory problems?
- How do you handle people with mood problems such as fear, stubbornness or anger? How did you handle previous clients with such issues? For instance, how would you handle someone refusing to take a shower?
- What type of people have you cared for in the past and what was their diagnosis?
- Will you keep daily records for the job? Do you know how to use a computer? How will you keep everyone informed?
- Why should I hire you? Can you provide me with 2 work-related references and a personal one?
- Are you ready to sign a contract saying you will not accept gifts and money from my relatives?
Making A Decision
Make sure you provide the potential caregiver with an employment application, job description, W-4 tax form and a summary of the patient’s condition.