Possible interview questions

Interview Structure :

Tell the candidate about your family and your children

Tell the candidate about the position (hours, what required - cooking, cleaning, childcare and staying in at times)

Ask the candidate to tell you about herself (including family, in case she has to sleep over. It’s important to know if they are available for evenings or weekends if needed once in awhile)

Ask her what she is looking for in a job Get candidate to talk through previous positions and experiences that would help her do the tasks you need of her. Run through a list of questions relating to the candidates abilities

Interview Questions :

What dishes do you cook without a recipe?

Can you follow a recipe well?

What are your favourite activities with children?

What would you do with a child that threw a tantrum?

How would you get a child to stop using or playing with a device if it’s time for them to get off? (Discipline is an area that needs to be discussed up front to avoid any differences of opinion on how the children should be disciplined - as the parent you should be telling the candidate what you find acceptable or unacceptable in terms of disciplining your children - some families set schedules and want the helper to help implement the schedule, other families just want the kids to be safe and not disciplined by the helper at all.)

What would you do if a child was choking?

What is your experience with laundry?

Have you used a washing machine before?

Give me an example of a time you were asked to learn something new. . . what was the outcome? (this is a good thing to have them think about. No doubt you and your wife will have a different way to do things that they will have to learn and adapt to. It’s important they are willing to adapt.)

Give me an example of a time you had to ask for clarification on something you didn’t understand.

What would you do if you broke something in the house on accident or ruined a clothing item in the laundry?


The more they talk the more you also get to understand how well they speak english. Sometime Filipinos will say “yes, sir/mam” and you think they understand, but they don’t. You won’t know they didn’t understand until you notice they have not done what they said they would do. It’s important they are able to ask clarifying questions to you and understand that communication is important.