We all have things going on in life, which means it can become difficult keeping up with everyday chores at home. From mowing the lawn to vacuuming the carpets, home upkeep can take away hours of valuable time that can be spent doing something else. If you’re having trouble balancing life and keeping your home and yard in pristine condition, it may be time to hire staff for your home. But, you don’t want to hire someone who may be a bad fit for you and your family that can result in iffy situations.
To ensure you, your family, and your home are safe from potentially dangerous workers, it’s wise to create a comprehensive hiring process. Instead of meeting with someone once and hiring them right away, it’s best to take a series of steps to ensure who you’re hiring is trustworthy and responsible. Below are five steps you should follow when hiring staff for your home.
1. Post a Job Description
The first line of defense when hiring someone to work at your home is by posting a clear job description. For example, if you need to hire a babysitter, your job description should highlight how many kids you have, their ages, the hours you need covered, pay, and you should require the babysitter to have a babysitting certification, experience, and flexible hours. By posting a detailed job description, applicants will be able to determine for themselves whether they are qualified for your job or not.
Additionally, your job description should have contact information, such as your email, for applicants to send their materials to. This way, you’ll be able to stay in touch and comb through their materials, such as their resume and cover letter, to find the right hire.
2. Collect Resumes and Cover Letters
Once your job description is posted on a hiring site, you’ll begin to receive applications from potential candidates. As you receive applications, make sure you look through their resumes and cover letters. On their resumes, look for their:
- Previous employment
As you read through each cover letter or resume, whether for a pool maintenance professional, chef, landscaper, and so on, determine whether they have the qualities you’re looking for. If they don’t, set their applications to the side. Then, for the applicants who seem like worthy candidates, continue on to step 3.
3. Set Up a Pre-Interview
Once you’ve narrowed down your candidates to a select few, set up a pre-interview. A pre-interview is normally a quick exchange, between 15 and 30 minutes, where you get to know each applicant better. Pre-interviews are typically done through phone calls or video chats, so you don’t have to set aside a large chunk of your day meeting people in person. Whether you’re hiring someone to trim your hedges because you’re selling your home, or if you need your pool cleaned for your summer party, a pre-interview will give you a good understanding for each applicant’s personality, qualifications, and experiences.
4. Conduct a Background Check
Once you’ve conducted pre-interviews, get a criminal background check report for each candidate. A criminal background check report will show you the following information:
- Driving records
- Criminal data
- Sex offender registry
- Fraud alerts
- Housing history
- Education history
A criminal background check report is important, especially if you’re letting people into your home. You don’t want to hire someone to watch your home while you travel to Europe who has a criminal background that involves theft and burglary. Nor do you want to hire a babysitter who was placed on the national sex offender registry. With a criminal background check, you’ll be able to determine whether a candidate is who they really say they are and will give you peace of mind knowing they’re a trustworthy candidate.
5. Set Up an In-Person Interview
Now that you’ve conducted a criminal background check and screened your applicants, set up in-person interviews for the final candidates. An in-person interview will allow you to meet face-to-face and get a full understanding of an applicant’s personality and experiences. It is during this time you can ask important questions.
For example, if you’re interviewing an interior designer, you can ask them questions about their experience and ask for samples of their previous work. You can even ask them how they would rearrange a current room in your home. Once you’ve completed all of your interviews, make a decision, and send an offer! In no time, you’ll have the right people working on your home, so you don’t have to.
When hiring staff for your home, it’s important you take the time and effort to hire the right people. From posting your job description to screening your applicants, following these steps will ensure you bring only the best people into your house. With these five steps in mind, you’ll find a trustworthy, dedicated, and responsible candidate to help you with any work on your home.