Tips in carrying out an interview:
- Meet with the Respite contractor, face to face and not over the phone
- Ask someone else to join you in the interview as this will give you a second opinion
- Interview the Respite contractor when you have plenty of time and won’t be interrupted
- You may take notes in the chart below so you remember what the person said after the interview
The questions below are adapted from the Ontario Human Rights Commission: “Hiring?A human rights guide”.
Questions you cannot ask are:
- How old are you?
- Where were you born?
- Are you married? Living with someone? Are you gay/homosexual?
- Do you have any children or do you plan to have children?
- What is your family background, religion or country where you were born?
You may ask:
- Have you had experience caring for someone with a disability, and if so, please explain
- Tell me how you supported someone with a disability who was frustrated or unhappy
- How would you deal with an emergency or serious situation? (try to provide an example)
- How many hours would you like to work? Are there times when you cannot work? How much notice do you require to be called in?
- You may inquire if the Respite Contractor is caring for other children, or if your child will be in their home, whether there are pets