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 e.g. how, what, when, why and where are good words with which to start your questions.
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 the 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. e.g. How would you deal with forgetfulness, have you ever administered medication, have you dealt with a difficult person before? etc.
Do you have a buddy set up to cover 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.