Conducting a Personal Interview

After initial phone contact, determine which of the applicants you want to meet in person. Call the applicants that appeared to be good prospects and schedule each for a face-to-face interview.

  • Allow plenty of time between each interview, (about one hour is sufficient).
  • Discuss the job in detail and gather information about the person.

Here are a few suggestions to guarantee a successful interview:

  • Help the person feel as comfortable as possible, take time to get to know each other.
  • Tell the person about your needs or the needs of your family member.
    • Use your assessment of needs as an example.
  • Ask them to fill out your application.
    • Applications are a good way to keep up with prospective assistants.
      • Simplify record keeping.
      • Provide quick reference to information you need for making your decision.
      • Produce good background information to form your questions.
  • Provide the details of the job.
    • Give them a copy of your job description to read.
    • Explain the duties and responsibilities of the job thoroughly.
    • Ask if they can easily and safely perform the functions of the job.
      • Lifting
      • Transferring
      • Positioning
      • Use of medical devices
  • Ask them to tell you about themselves.
    • Question past work history and reasons for leaving other employment.
    • Inquire about past experience as a personal assistant.
    • Ask why they are interested in this position.
    • Ask about their career goals and why they are pursuing this type of work.
  • Describe the following:
    • Work schedules
    • Payment methods
    • Benefits
    • Evaluation methods
    • Holiday coverage needs
  • Ask lots of questions.
    • How far do you live from here?
    • Do you have experience as a personal assistant?
    • Do you smoke or drink?
    • Do you object to other people that smoke or drink when you are present?
    • How well are you at performing multiple tasks to completion?
    • Are you comfortable with personal care like bathing and help with the restroom?
    • What do you think will be the best and worst part of the job?
    • What are your strengths?
    • What are your weaknesses?
    • Why are you interested in being a personal assistant?
    • How have you handled disagreements with past employers?
    • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
    • Are you presently being charged with a crime or under indictment?
    • Will you submit to a criminal history background check?
  • Give them an opportunity to ask you questions.
  • Tell them you will call back with an answer.
    • It is good practice to notify the person even if you decided to hire someone else.
  • End the interview on a positive note.
    • Thank them for taking the time to meet with you.
    • Tell them it was a pleasure having the opportunity to meet them.

Hire Your Own Caregiver

Patients can hire a caregiver they know and trust, even a close family relative.

Family Caregivers Get $

Unpaid family caregivers can get paid for their time and services.

No Certification Needed

No certification or training required, so anyone can get started right away.

Greater Control Over Care

Hiring your own caregiver gives you greater control over the quality of care.

More Freedom in Care

Personal assistants are allowed to administer skilled services such as wound care.

Consumer Directed

CDPAP requires minimal interaction with home care agencies.

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