Questions to ask in caregiver interview

Caregiver interview questions

Before scheduling face-to-face caregiver interviews with any potential applicants, do some initial telephone screening to ensure the person is appropriate for the position.

Over the phone, describe the job in detail, stating specific expectations, as well as  time of day needed, hours and offered wage, flat rate or salary. 

For the caregiver interview questions, request that the applicant bring two or three professional references, A valid driver’s license and or proof of identity, perhaps a passport. If applicable, ask them to bring their licenses and training certificates as well.

Caregiver interview questions

Preview of the interview questionnaire that you can customize to each applicant. Available for purchase in the ‘Hire a private caregiver templates’ (link below)

Caregiver Interview Questionnaire Template


Caregiver Interview Questionnaire Template

Caregiver interview questions that are important to ask 

  • Why are you in this line of work?
  • What kind of special training, if any, have you had?
  • What types of work do you enjoy? Do you not enjoy?
  • Do you have any physical or emotional problems that would hinder you in this job?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? What? Where? When?
  • Do you mind being around somebody who smokes or drinks?
  • Will it bother you to work around a cluttered house?
  • Would you be willing to transport “senior’s name” to medical appointments or on other activity outings?
  • Is there anything on my “job description form” that you can’t or won’t do?
  • Concerning outings, is “senior’s name” responsible to pay for the meals if you are on an outing? How do you deal with the financial side of things? Do you pay up front and I reimburse you at billing time? Or does “senior’s name” have to have a way to pay?
  • How does billing work? Methods of payment? What are the payment periods? Do I have a choice?
  • When do you start charging? Where does the base charge start from? Upon arrival to senior’s location or from your location?
  • Will you be willing to work holidays? Is there an extra fee? Mondays and Fridays tend to land on Holidays.
  • Can you work on weekends? Will you charge more for these days?
  • How long do you plan to stay on the job? Will you provide two weeks notice before resigning?
  • Would you ever have any particular occasion to bring someone with you?
  • Are there any issues with the days or hours that I need you to work?
  • What about when “senior’s name” goes away on vacation, is hospitalized, or sick? Do you charge a fee to hold her spot? Can you make up the time instead by providing extra care at a later time when needed?
  • How much notice do you need if “senior’s name” does need extra help at some point and wants to use make up time?
  • What is your policy on day to day cancellation-meaning if “senior’s name” cancels last minute?
  • Are you familiar with special diets (i.e. diabetic, low sodium, low cholesterol)?
  • Do you have reliable transportation?
  • What is your training and experience in the area of memory loss?
  • How would you handle wondering? Refusing to eat? Aggressive or abusive behavior? Not getting into the bath or shower?
  • How would you handle a medical emergency?
  • Can you watch for and document changes in behavior?
  • How will the communication work between you and myself regarding the visits? Will you provide updates? How frequently? 
  • Are you willing to change “senior’s name” diapers?
  • Can you change a bed with someone in it?
  • Are you willing to obtain training?
  • Would you agree to a trial period for training and getting acquainted?
  • What are your salary requirements? Is it negotiable?

Try to ask the same questions to all the applicants. This will help you to compare them later. When the interview is finished right down your impressions, concerns, questions, or something the applicant said that stood out in a negative or positive way.

Write down in the interview form how you felt after the interview, often times this will indicate your gut feeling which you should pay close attention to.

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