10 Tips for Caregiver Interview – for private caregivers(2019)

How to get through your caregiver interview successfully

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Be your best self but remain true to who you are. Family members looking for additional  private caregiving services will be very thorough and have an extra layer of caution for a very good reason.

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Here are things to keep in mind, most of you already know basic interviewing skills but this particular type of interview is far more personal. The first meeting is crucial in terms of creating a good foundation to what is equally as important as proving care for their senior loved one(s). You need to show a potential employer the advantages of dealing with one private caregiver who can also provide the same convenient cargiving services of a homecare agency. Yes the drawback is that the agency can send a replacement but the value in having a good private caregiver far outweighs the few times of inconvenience. This is a good example of how you can turn negatives into positive solutions during the interview.

***Prepare yourself for some questions regarding your positive attributes and how you could apply them to assisting a senior.

Present yourself in business attire even though the job may in most cases only require everyday clothing/scrubs. This will give a competitive advantage amongst the caregiver candidates. Stand out by putting the extra time into looking your best and demonstrate how seriously you take the opportunity of providing care. Even go as far to collect a few opinions on your outfit and listen to the feedback having that outside viewpoint is an excellent source to successful first impressions.

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  1. Be punctual

  2. Presentable- professional attire

  3. Smile- expresses warmth and compassion

  4. Eye contact when speaking or being spoken to

  5. Firm handshake-strength of Character

  6. Good manners-https://www.wikihow.com/Have-Good-Manners

  7. Listen carefully

  8. Discuss what the primary needs of senior are

  9. Find out what the most important needs of the family are

  10. Wrap up-Show respect for family members/trustees time

If you arrive first in your agreed upon public place (security first), find the quietest and most private place available. When the senior’s family member arrives this is when you get to display your manners. Make sure to stand when he/she arrives and allow your potential employer to sit first. Remember to extend yourself and offer the family member something to drink/eat. He/She may insist to treat you in which case you can accept but keep your order to the simplest item i.e. small coffee.

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Start your caregiver interview with a show of gratitude for their valuable time to meet with you. Make sure to have a note pad and pen, the family member will appreciate that the details matter to you. You can lead the conversation after this statement by opening up with “we are here to discuss how hiring a caregiver for [name of /relation to senior] may be the assistance that you are looking for”. The next step is the most important as the family member is opening up and trusting you with sensitive information. You must listen to what is said and not said; observe body language and tone to determine where your caregiving services can be most useful.

At this point in your caregiver interview it is likely that the family member is leaning toward hiring you based on a few things; your initial communication skills over the internet and phone, first impression of you in person, your manners, and how you well you listened. They are closely observing how this interview could be translated into how you will care for their senior loved one(s). It is how the family member “feels” when they are with you during your caregiver interview that is most important. You should keep your feeler detector on to make sure the family member is comfortable in your short time spent together. Think back to an interview where you may have improved the outcome of a conversation by using this useful skill. If they feel off about something it is your job to determine what it is and continue. 


*Your honesty, transparency and your willingness to answer all the questions asked are really valuable during this interview. By doing this it will help the family member with two things

  • See if both you and the senior are a good match

  • Provide ease to potential employer to discuss the caregiving needs of the senior(s).

*Try to obtain a few details about the senior

  • Where they grew up

  • Siblings

  • Spouse

  • Career

  • Interests 

Thank the family member again for their valuable time to meet with you, if the family member wants you to meet their senior loved one(s) they will be eager to arrange a second meeting, no need to ask to meet with the senior. The pressure is not necessary. This is not a sales meeting; you are in this caregiver interview because you genuinely care about seniors and really want to add value to the quality of their life.

Good luck and remember to shake their hand firmly [remember they will judge your physical strength], make eye contact and smile. For more tips go to indeed career guide

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