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Jobseeker Interview Questions to Ask

When interviewing for a Jobseeker position, it is important to ask relevant questions. This helps to assure you that the job is as you expect it to be and it demonstrates to the prospective employer that your interest in the position is genuine and you are suitably competent. When considering interview questions to ask be sure to cover your area of responsibility, the employers’ expectations and everything you need to know about the person/s to be cared for to have a rewarding relationship.

Knowing your area of responsibility helps to outline your duties. Employers’ expectations will also inform you of the business or house rules and how the employer expects you to act in given situations. Interview questions should be very specific and assist you in learning as much as you can about the person/s to be cared for. This shows your concern and interest in getting to know them and the potential performance you will have with your work.

The opportunity to ask these questions usually comes towards the end of the interview so wait until the prospective employer invites you to do so. Here are some possible interview questions to ask dependent upon the position you are applying for:

  • How old is the person being cared for and what is their name?
  • If not a child, why is he/she in need of care?
  • Any special conditions you should be aware of, such as diabetes, allergies, special needs?
  • What are their interests and hobbies?
  • How is their character?
  • Are there any behavioural problems?
  • What is the plan of action when it comes to disciplinary measures?
  • Are there habits you are trying to teach the person?
  • Are there habits you are trying to break?
  • How does the person respond to newcomers in their life?
  • Does the person have a structured routine and what level of supervision is required?
  • What are the working hours?
  • What is the schedule or routine?
  • What, if any, other chores will be handled?
  • Will I be responsible for meals and are there any dietary restrictions?
  • If I am to drive the person, is a car being supplied or I need to have my own?
  • Is the position long term or temporary?
  • Is it a live-in position or will you commute to work every day?
  • What happened to the previous carer, if any?
  • When do you expect me to start work?
  • What remuneration package is being offered?

While some interview questions may seem to probe deeply, it is important to pursue them so you can get a clear picture of the situation and gauge if this is a responsibility you can take on. In some cases you may find yourself not properly qualified and way out of your depth. For instance the carer of an autistic child would need additional training to understand how to handle them. 

Other interview questions also help to define areas that may cause problems. Such as hours you are expected to work. This also gives you leave to ask whether there are times you may be expected to work longer hours.

If the rate of pay has not been disclosed then you may want to bring it up at the end of the discussion.  Keep in mind the rates you have been receiving with recent jobs and use that as a guide, along with your level of experience, when negotiating.

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