It’s a very personal choice to bring someone into your home. Whether you are hiring a nanny, a housekeeper, a caregiver, or other household help, you want to ensure that you are comfortable with the person who will have such close access to your home. Questions like these are tricky, but an agency like Household Staffing specializes in handling these situations.
We want to say they are no questions that are too personal when you hire live-in help, but there are actually some that you are not allowed to legally ask as an employer. These include specific questions about age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious views, and if a person has ever been arrested. There are, however, ways to get to the bottom of these questions in a legal way. For example, you may not be allowed to ask someone about their arrest record, but you can certainly ask if someone has ever been convicted of a crime.
If this is news to you, you are not alone. Many people are not aware that certain questions, innocent as they might seem, are not appropriate. Nanny and domestic staffing agencies are skilled in getting to the bottom of questions like these without going beyond legal parameters. When screening candidates, one of the first questions an agent will ask is: “Why don’t you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?” Keep in mind that honest, trustworthy people are most likely to be forthcoming with that information regardless because they want to be hired. Those are the people you will connect with most during your screening process.