It is difficult to evaluate someone`s capability for performing household tasks if you yourself are unfamiliar with doing them. A housekeeper may come to your home intending to use cleaning products or instrument that are familiar to her while you may want her to use completely different cleaning materials. For example, many people today want only “Green” products, which are environmentally friendly used in their homes.
It is best to be familiar with the tasks which need to be done so that you can instruct the new housekeeper and get her started in a manner which is acceptable to you.
If at the time of the interview the applicant seems reluctant about any of your requests or demands, it is best not to hire this person.
For instance, certain days or hours may be important to you and the applicant states that these days or times don’t really work for her. She agrees never the less to take the job. It has been my experience that this person will not last very long. She will stay only until she finds what better suits her needs.
If a housekeeper asks you to loan her money, which she agrees to repay by partial deductions from her salary, it is best to refuse. I have often heard stories of a housekeeper becoming indignant and claiming to the employer that the loan has already been repaid when it has not. The situation can become very muddled and usually will not work to your benefit. Do not pay the salary in advance and make sure there is a very clear understanding of what her benefits and paid vacations are.
Do not settle for what you feel is mediocre work. Employers usually give a person a trial. If after several attempts to show and explain to the housekeeper how you want things done, it remains unsatisfactory, you should let that person go. Usually housekeepers do their best work when they start a job and become less enthusiastic as time goes on.