The interview is an important part of the hiring process for employers, as it gives them a better idea of the type of person you are. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Be on time
Employers want to hire helpers who are trustworthy, so do your best to make sure you are on time. If you are running late, call the employer to let them know. If you are no longer interested in the job offer, be responsible and inform the employer in advance.
2. Bring important materials
If you have reference letters from former employers, bring these along. You can also print your HelperChoice profile or resume (or have these documents ready on your phone). If you love cooking, you could bring pictures of some of the dishes you’ve prepared.
3. Be yourself
If your application is successful, you will spend a lot of time with your employer so it is important to be yourself during the interview and to be honest about your strengths and skills.
4. Discuss the job duties
Ask the employer what duties will be expected of you. If there is anything you are not comfortable with or cannot do, let them know.
5. Discuss your work history
Talk about your past work experiences, including the duties you performed. If a past employer terminated your contract, tell your employer about it and explain why you think it didn’t work out. Similarly, if you broke a contract, explain why.
6. Ask the employer some questions
The interview is not only for the employer to decide whether or not they want to hire you, it is also a time for you to decide whether or not you like them and want to take the job. Ask questions to find out more.
7. Only sign the contract if you are interested
Do not feel forced to sign a contract. If you are not interested in the job, politely tell the employer and give reasons. Do not sign a contract if you do not plan to work for that employer, as this could damage your reputation and leave the employer disappointed.
8. Be ready to answer questions
Try to prepare answers to common questions, such as:
- Are you a good cook? What kind of food can you prepare (Chinese, Western, vegetarian and so on)? Are you able to follow recipes from a cookbook? Which cookbooks have you used?
- Do you have any qualifications? And have you attended any training courses?
- Can you describe your typical working day with your current employer?
- What is your work schedule, and is it manageable?
- What is your current salary? And what is your expected salary?
- If above the minimum salary, what makes you worth more than other candidates?
- How old were the children you looked after previously?
- Do you enjoy working with children?
- Can you take care of babies?
- Do you know first aid? What would you do in an emergency situation if a child is injured?
- What would you do if my child is being naughty or rude?
- Are you able to take initiative, or do you prefer to follow instructions?
- Can you describe your personality and work ethic?
- What are your interests aside from work?
- Are you religious?
- Do you have friends or family here?
- What would you expect from a position as a domestic worker?
- What are your dreams and goals in life?
- How long do you plan to work and live overseas?
- Do you know the city and surroundings well?
- Why are you looking to change employers and end your current contract?
- Who is ending the contract – you or your employer?