How to Interview a Part Time House Cleaner
There are no formal education requirements to become a cleaner, but you’ll want to make sure you’re employing an honest and hardworking individual if you’re thinking of taking on some domestic help. The Bureau of Labor Statistics advises you to be on the lookout for detailed-oriented candidates who have good interpersonal skills and plenty of stamina.
Prepare a list of questions before interviewing a candidate for your part-time cleaning job. You’ll want to ask about his cleaning experience and whether he has paperwork to document his right to work in the United States. Ask about his salary expectations. You also can ask how he would deal with an emergency in your home and whether he has insurance that would cover anything he broke. If you have any items that require specialist cleaning such as antiques, find out if your interviewee has experience dealing with valuable items.
Greet your interviewee in a friendly manner with a firm handshake and a broad smile. Try to make him feel as comfortable as possible by indulging in a little small talk before explaining what will be expected of him if he were to interview successfully. Outline which areas of your house you would like cleaned and make sure your candidate feels comfortable with the requirements of the role.
Ask your candidate to tell you a little bit about himself and why he wants the job and then move on to ask the questions you’ve prepared. As you’re recruiting for a part-time role, ask about your interviewee’s other commitments and whether these could interfere with his ability to do the job. When you’ve finished, ask your interviewee if he has any questions for you.
Request references from your candidate if you think he could be the man for the job. Ask if you can contact your interviewee’s former employers directly as opposed to getting written recommendations. You’ll get a better idea of how your potential new cleaner’s past employers feel about him if you can talk to them over the phone.
Seek your candidate’s permission to carry out a background check. Just because your interviewee comes across well and has impeccable references, it won’t automatically mean he doesn’t have any problems in his past. This person is going to be working in your home, after all. The law on background checks varies by state, but you can get further information about how to check out your interviewee from your local police department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Alternatively, contact the National Association of Professional Background Screeners for advice on running checks where you live. If your candidate has spent a lot of his life in other countries, ask him to get certificates of good conduct from the embassies of the countries he’s stayed in.
Make a conditional job offer at the end of the interview process if your candidate has really impressed you. Confirm pay and benefits and arrange a start date, subject to satisfactory references and clean background checks.