Checking References on your Nanny
1) If you are planning to meet a candidate that you have contacted from an online service, word-of-mouth, an advertisement response, or an agency, be sure to request the following information prior to the meeting: Employment History, Letters of Reference, Driving Record, Proof of Legality to work in this country along with proper identification. If all this information is in order, then schedule the meeting; otherwise, you could be wasting your time.
2) Bring your own application for the candidate to fill out before you. Have the candidate sign an authorization form allowing you to complete a background check for purposes of hiring. You can formulate your own questions on the application. As long as the questions are not discriminatory, this will facilitate your decision-making.
3) After a personal in-depth interview, take all the information gathered and begin to check references and do all the necessary background checks.
Have a sheet ready with the questions for the reference check and write down the responses.
4) If you are satisfied with the reference and background investigations, then call back the candidate to now come to your home and meet your family. Let this part of the interview be more informal where there is plenty of interaction between the children and the candidate. If you are still not sure that this candidate is the one, then set-up a trial day or week to observe the candidate’s skills more closely.
5) If that phase of the process goes well and the entire family feels comfortable with the candidate, then set up a meeting to sit down with you and review the job offer. Have an employee/employer contract available with everything you are offering stipulated: salary and deductions, schedule, overtime, vacation, holidays, sick days, duties, expectations, terms for review and salary increases and method of termination. If you require a confidentiality agreement, have this ready for your candidate as well so that all this can be reviewed carefully before making a job offer.
6) At the final meeting, go over one last time, the job description, what is expected and provided as well as all the agreements in place. Then sit down to sign the paperwork. Set a start date.
7) Do not assume that your work is done just because the interview process and due diligence went well. The amount of input and training you provide this candidate will have a direct relationship with the success rate of this hire. Prepare and present written guidelines and schedules for everything that you want completed so that the candidate is not just second-guessing you or pretending to be a mind reader.
If you are a working parent and cannot be home to spend a lot of time training, then ask the new employee to come over the weekend and spend an extra working day with you to do more training.
9) Pop over to the house unexpected, maybe during your lunch hour or come home early, to check on the Nanny and see how things are going.
10) Maintain periodic review sessions to cover any cancers or problems that might be festering with either of you. Root out the problems and make the necessary adjustments as early as possible. Keep an open line of communication so that your employee/employer relationship remains healthy, strong and professional at all times
Born in Madrid, Spain, Marta came to this country at age 5 landing first like many immigrants in New York. She watched her parents work hard from sunup to sundown to follow their American dream. After attending UCLA and majoring in Spanish and Linguistics, Marta decided to fill her own American dream by owning her own business. When Marta started her own family, she realized how important it was to have competent help to assist. This is how Domestic Connections Agency started in 1989.
As her business grew, she became an expert in her field and wrote her first book in 2006 primarily directed to the household employer entitled “Help! How to Find Hire Train and Maintain Your Household Help!” winning the Mom’s Choice Award for 2007.
Her latest Book/DVD set “The Professional Housekeeper” published in 2010 was developed to train anyone who chooses a career as a domestic or any homemaker on how to organize, cook, clean, launder clothes, table set, serve and more.
Marta has been asked to discuss various issues that affect domestic personnel on national and regional radio talk shows. She is a member of APNA, INA, EWA and PWNA. In addition, she gives workshops at educational centers for parents to train others on hiring a Housekeeper and Nanny and other related subjects and runs training seminars for household workers.
read more: http://www.martaperrone.com