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Tips for interviewing a carer

Before interviewing a potential carer, it is best to prepare your questions prior to the interview. Having read the carer’s profile you will be aware of their experience, hobbies/interests and their personal statements. But we recommend that the interviewer should delve deeper and and try to discover what makes the carer tick, whether they properly understand what matters to you the most and to meet you or your loved one’s care requirements

Interviews can be very nerve-wracking for some people, so try to make them feel at ease. Avoid asking yes/no questions, try asking in a way so more detailed answers are given. How, what, when, why and where are good words with
which to start your questions.

 

We believe it is essential that you are comfortable with bringing a carer or personal assistant into your home - this is a very personal choice. It is best done by interviewing the care assistant in person (if possible), or by Skype or WhatsApp. You should also ask for references if you feel it necessary. You might decide to interview a number of different carers for your position. On Curam the choice is always yours.

 

Below are some questions we feel are important

How long have you been a carer?

Having looked at your profile I have read your expertise, but can you please
explain more in depth?

What skills do you feel you could bring?

Are you able to do heavy lifting? If so, please describe a time when you have
had to do so. (if required)

What are your cooking skills like? (if required)

How do you get on with pets? (if this applies)

If a live-in carer is required – are you happy to live away from home?

Do you have your own car? If not, how do you anticipate getting here and out
and about?

If yourself or your loved one have precise issues, ask if they have ever worked
with someone similar before. For example, how would you deal with forgetfulness, have you
ever administered medication, have you dealt with a difficult person before? 

Do you have a buddy set up as an option for your client to choose as cover for your holidays or illness?

Please invite questions at the end. The carer must be happy to work for you as
well as you be happy to work with them. We find if everyone is happy this will
help to create more enjoyable long term relationships.