Caregiver Interview Questions

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Here's a long list of caregiver interview questions to help you find the one. If you need more help with your new caregiver, give us a call at 1-888-273-3356. We can help with everything from your employment contract, salary, payroll, tax benefits and more.

Background questions:

  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • Do you have other work or life experience that you can bring that will help you do this job well?
  • What is your education level?
  • What is your most recent position? What's your typical daily routine with that family?
  • Why are you looking to leave (or why are you no longer working there)?
  • What were some of the best things about your previous job?
  • What were the worst things?
  • Are you looking to stay long-term with a family, or are you planning on finding another career or job in the next year?

Job questions:

  • How flexible is your schedule, if we occasionally need you to arrive early or stay late?
  • Are you willing to cook/babysit/take care of pet? (ask about any assistance you need)
  • Are there any activities or responsibilities that you won't do?

Personality questions:

  • What do you like best about being a caregiver?
  • What do you find most challenging?
  • Do you prefer more or less structure in your day?
  • Have you had negative work situations? If so, what have you learned from them?
  • What are you most proud of when it comes to your job?
  • Do you view your personality as flexible and easy to roll with change, or do you need more structure and the ability to plan ahead? (especially important if your family has an inconsistent schedule)

Questions you CAN ask:

Here are questions that you are allowed to ask when interviewing applicants: 

  • Are you over the age of 18?
  • Can you legally work in the U.S.?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Explain the circumstances.
  • We are looking to hire someone for a long-term position. Is there any reason that you know of now that may preclude you from working for us full-time over the next few years?

Questions you CANNOT ask

By law, you are not allowed to ask job applicants about the following:

  • Age
  • Race/ethnic background
  • Religious views
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status/plans on becoming pregnant
  • Disability
  • If she has been arrested

Add your own questions: Customize your checklist with other concerns important to your family.

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