Job Interview Tips for Domestic Helpers: How to Stand out in an Interview
If you are an employer, please see this article instead: Tips for Conducting a Domestic Helper Interview
The domestic helper interview is an important part of the hiring process for the employer. After the interview, they will have a better idea of the person you are. Here are some tips that will help every domestic helper to prepare for upcoming job interviews.
Be on time
The employer is looking for a trustworthy domestic helper applicant so make sure you are on time. In case you are running late, let the employer know by calling her or sending her a message so she will know. Inform the employer at least one day in advance if you cannot attend the interview.
As a domestic helper has to live with the employer, you will spend a lot of time with your employer in the future so just be yourself during the interview. Can you only cook with a recipe? Just tell your employer that so she will not be disappointed if she hires you and expects you to cook 5-star meals.
Find the right place or time for the interview
The employer may invite you to her home for the domestic helper interview. If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t trust the situation, don’t do this. If you decide to meet at their home, bring a friend who can wait for you. If you do the interview over the phone, make sure you are in a quiet room where nobody will disturb you.
Bring important materials
If you have reference letters from your current or previous employers, bring these. You can also print your HelperChoice profile or have it ready on your phone so you can go over it. If you love cooking, you can bring pictures of the food you made.
Discuss the job duties
Ask your employer what they are looking for. Think you cannot match the expectations, just let them know. There will be many other employers who may be looking for a domestic helper like you.
Discuss previous job experiences
It may happen that you were terminated before. Tell the employer about it and explain why you think it didn’t work out. If you broke your contract, also explain why.
Only sign the contract if you are interested
The employer asks you to sign the domestic helper contract, but you don’t think it will work, just tell them no. Don’t sign the contract if you have no intention to work for them. It is bad for your reputation and the employer will be disappointed when they find out.
Ask the employer questions
The interview is not only for the employer to decide on whether or not they want to hire you, but it is also a time for you to decide whether you like them and the job. Don’t settle, but find the right job for you. For example, you can ask about the duties, the work schedule, the living arrangement, the rest day arrangement, etc.
Be ready to answer questions
Employers will ask you many questions. Think about the possible questions beforehand and prepare some answers. Possible questions are:
- Are you a good cook? What kind of food can you cook (Chinese, Western, vegetarian, etc.)? Are you able to follow recipes from a cookbook? If so which cookbooks are you cooking from?
- What qualifications do you have? Did you attend any training?
- Can you describe your typical working day with your current employer: what is your work schedule? What do you like and dislike about it? Do you think your current work is easy or too hard?
- How old were the children you took care of in your previous employments? Do you love working with children? Can you take care of a baby? Do you know first aid? If my child banged his head and then felt sick or sleepy, what would you do? If my child was being very naughty, and talking to you in a rude way, what would you do?
- Do you know the city and the surroundings well? Do you know this particular district?
- What are your interests aside from work? Are you religious? Do you attend church on Sundays? Do you like sports? Do you like reading? Watching movies? Do you have a lot of friends here? Do you have some relatives here? Are you afraid of being far from your family? Do you have regular contacts with them?
- Would you say that you are an autonomous person, able to take initiatives? Or do you prefer to be told things? How would you describe yourself with a few adjectives?
- What do you expect from a position as a domestic helper? What are your dreams and goals in life? How long do you plan to live and work abroad?
- Why are you looking to change employer or not renewing your current contract? Is it your choice or is it your current employer’s choice?
- What is the current pay that you are getting? What are your salary expectations? If above the minimum salary: what makes you think you are worth more than some other candidate?