A recent survey carried out by The Graham Agency into the most important things a prospective employer of a housekeeper needs to know has revealed the top 15 questions that you should always ask.
They have been compiled into a check list to ensure there will be no hidden surprises once the employee starts work with you.
- Have all of the candidate’s references been checked?
- Can you speak to their referees?
- Does the candidate have a DBS (a Disclosure and Barring Service check, formerly a Criminal Records Bureau check)?
- Has the agency placed the candidate before/are they known to them?
- Does the candidate have somewhere else to go on their days off? You may want to spend time in your home alone.
- Can the candidate travel with the family as required on holidays?
- Does the candidate have their own family in the UK or elsewhere?
- Is the candidate flexible, for example, for babysitting and/or helping at dinner parties?
- Will the candidate be willing to work over the weekends and have time off in the week?
- Is the candidate’s level of fitness appropriate to the home in which they will be working, particularly in a very large house?
- Does the candidate like pet animals?
- Is the candidate skilled at cooking and able to meet specific dietary requirements?
- What other skills and qualifications do they have?
- Does the candidate have acceptable English-speaking skills? And do they speak any other language?
- Does the candidate have the right to work in the UK?
The Graham Agency takes the utmost care in ensuring they match a client family with the most suitable candidate.