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Caregiving is a serious job. While other interview processes may ask generic questions regarding your education, skills and employment background, positions as a caregiver require the hirer to be much more thorough with their questionnaire process. Now that it is time to hire a caregiver, what should you be asking them to make sure the candidate is just right for your loved one?

1. What makes you the right candidate to care for my loved one?

First and foremost, it’s important to fully understand what it is that the potential caregiver can bring to the table. It’s best to get this out of the way first to find out if they have a good understanding of who they are and if they are aware of what they are getting themselves into.

2. Why are you interested in this line of work?

Just because someone may have the right qualifications, doesn’t mean that they are passionate about it. With this line of work, it’s important to know if they will have the passion and patience for all of the work that lies ahead.

3. Do you have a license, clean driving record and means of transportation?

Transportation is a huge deal, for safety, convenience and liability reasons. If an emergency arises, you need to feel comfortable knowing that the caregiver can safely bring your loved one to the hospital, or get them out of the house to keep them sociable.

4. Are you comfortable working with someone’s declining emotional and physical state? How would you handle a situation such as this?

Not only should you be asking these types of questions, but also provide examples of possible scenarios that may arise. This type of question will have to be catered depending upon your loved one’s particular emotional, mental or physical disabilities or situations. See how the candidate would handle this situation and if it works in your favor.

5. What are your qualifications? Do you have any certifications? Are you willing to go through a background check?

Is the candidate an RN or CPR certified? Or have they just been caring for a family member for a few years and believe they are a qualified candidate? Find out if they have any certifications or degrees that they have or are currently working on. Than follow up with a background check. You never want to think that this would happen, but there is always a chance of someone lying in their interview. It’s a person’s life they are working with, so it’s important to play it safe from all ends.

6. What do you do in your free time?

Try lightening up the interview process by getting to know them on a more personal level. Find out what they do in their free time to understand them on a more humanistic side than just a professional side. If they say they spend a lot of free time going out late at night, they may not be the best candidate for you. If they spend a lot of their free time learning about various cultures, going to the beach, staying active or other types of scenarios, you can find out if they are the right fit for your family.

7. What is your availability and would you be able to work the hours that we are asking? How flexible are you with your schedule?

Situations happen, no schedule is completely perfect, especially in the world of caregiving. Asking about their schedule and flexibility will help to portray the commitment that the candidate has towards this position. This could also vary depending upon the family. Perhaps it’s only two or three days a week, or maybe it’s a fully time position. Find this out before going forward by bringing them into your family.

8. Name 5 or 6 qualities that make a good caregiver.

It’s the same type of question they would ask in any job, but it’s to see if there is an understanding for the position. Again, asking the same types of questions but in a different format may be the best way to find out if the candidate is right for you. The answers to their questions could change throughout the interview process; see if they remain consistent.

9. Are you comfortable with personal care?

If someone hasn’t cared for a senior citizen before, they may not know what it is like to have to work with their personal care. It’s about making them feel comfortable enough to allow you into their personal space when they are most vulnerable. This could vary depending upon the family or individual that they are working with, so adjust the example or scenario to what works for you.

10. Do you feel that you are a good fit for us?

Listen, just because you may be absolutely in love with a caregiver after interviewing them, doesn’t mean that they may like you. Find out at the very end of the interview if they feel that they are a good fit for your loved one. A caregiver becomes a part of the family as they come into a more personal realm of your life. If they aren’t feeling you, eventually the relationship will have issues and could eventually deteriorate, leaving you back at square one looking for a caregiver.

The interview process can be extremely daunting. Luckily for you, HomeHero is a service that takes care of this for you. We create profiles for all of our qualified caregivers with their background information, qualifications and their personal interests. Then you can view an HD video of their interview. Afterwards, you can choose to meet or have a phone interview with the individual. Schedule your appointments directly with us and we can help you take care of the rest. It’s a difficult time when you are trying to find a caregiver, so let HomeHero take the stress off of your shoulders.

We know there are more than just ten questions to ask a caregiver. What questions would you ask if you were interviewing a caregiver for your loved one? Send us your thoughts on Twitter @HomeHero or share a comment of Facebook!

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