13 vital questions I need to ask when hiring a housekeeper?

A survey carried out by The Graham Agency into the most important things a prospective employer of a housekeeper needs to know has revealed a top 13 questions you should always ask.

They have been compiled into a unique check list to ensure there will be no hidden surprises once the employee starts work with you.

  1. Have all of the candidate’s references been checked?
  2. Does the candidate have a DBS? (Disclosure and Barring Service check, previously the Criminal Records Bureau check)
  3. Does the candidate have somewhere else to go on their days off? You may want time in the house alone.
  4. Has the agency placed the candidate before/are they known to them?
  5. Can you speak to the previous referees?
  6. Can the candidate travel with the family as required on holidays?
  7. Is the candidate flexible for babysitting and or helping at dinner parties, for instance?
  8. Will the candidate work over the weekends and have time off in the week?
  9. Is the applicant pet-friendly?
  10. Is the applicant physically fit? (Particularly if they will be working in a large house)
  11. Is the candidate skilled at cooking and able to meet specific dietary requirements?
  12. Does the applicant have adequate English-speaking skills?
  13. Does the applicant have the right to work in the UK?

The Graham Agency takes the utmost care in ensuring they match client families with the most suitable applicant.