Interviewing your Kid Protection Specialist
Thoroughly describe the available position. This should include start date, hours of work, duties and responsibilities, holidays, boundaries and house rules, routines, salary, accommodation (if live-in), medical issues and any dietary requirements. You should also set in place regular reviews to ensure you communicate regularly. You are to be a team.
If you decide to interview a candidate with your children present it may be best to not have them there for the duration of the whole interview as it may become a little distracting. We also favour children spending time with our KPSs by playing a board game, or some other activity to see how they interact. Have a meal or tea and a biscuit together.
– Explain the structure of your interview to the candidate so they know what to expect and are more relaxed.It is important to tell the candidate about your family including beliefs, timetables or even diets as this will give them a greater perception of your family.
– Thoroughly describe the available position. This should include, start date, hours of work, duties and responsibilities, holidays, house rules, routines, salary, accommodation (if live-in), medical issues and any dietary requirements, what your boundaries are, how to communicate, what you do and don’t allow, as well as reviews so you all communicate regularly. You are to be a team.
– Ask the candidate to tell you about themselves and what they are looking for in a job. You can use open-ended questions that may prompt better answers. For example, what do you enjoy most about being a KPS? Is this a vocation or a stepping stone? How long do you hope to stay with one family? What are your views on discipline? Where does your family come from?
– Lastly, go through their CV with them, ask questions and also encourage the candidate to do the same. Once you are satisfied that you have covered everything you can bring the interview to a close. If you believe you have found a candidate perfect for your family it is probably best to make that clear to them as they may be attending other interviews and take up other offers. However if you are unsure about the candidate simply let them know that you will be contacting the agency about how it went.