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Questions for Live-In Candidates

If you are hiring a live-in employee, that person will be living on-site in your home, or on the property. This means you will need to be comfortable with that person being in close proximity to you and your family every day. Here are some questions to consider before you hire your live-in household employee.

#1: Are you willing to submit a background check?

Any employee you hire to work in your home – live-in or live-out – should have a background check completed. Do a state and federal background check for anyone you are seriously considering hiring. This gives you the peace of mind you need knowing that everything is all clear. Make sure you get signed consent as early as possible, so it doesn’t delay the hiring process.

#2: Are you comfortable with pets?

If you have pets in your home, you know how much they are a part of your family. Anyone who lives or works in your home should be comfortable with your pets. You should also make sure you talk to the candidate about any pet allergies they might have, so they can be aware.

#3: How do you take care of yourself?

Ask potential candidates to share a bit about their self-care routine. Being a caregiver, nanny, housekeeper, or other type of household employee can often be demanding. It’s important for your candidates to recognize the realities of the job and have some positive ways to handle the stress that can sometimes arise.

#4: Ask how they handle specific scenarios.

Living and working in the same home means you and your employee will see each other in all stages of life. Ask them how they handle fear, anger, or other situations that could be difficult? Talk to them about their strengths and weaknesses as it relates to their job. This helps give you a more well-rounded view of who this person is and if they will be a good fit in your home.

Are you ready to begin your search for a new employee for your home? Whether you’re looking for a nanny, housekeeper, private chef, estate manager, or someone else, we have a variety of experienced individuals looking for their next placement. Contact our team today to get the hiring process started!

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