Hiring a helper for the first time? Here are 11 things to look out for
With all the tragic maid stories in the news, it's no wonder choosing a maid service resembles sitting for a university exam. So what do you look for in selecting a suitable maid? Read on to find out more...
Things to look for when selecting a suitable maid
With the proper background check and preparation you can be confident you've made the right choice. Here are tips to consider when selecting a suitable maid, to make your selection process smoother:
List Your Expectations
It is important for you to show your list to the agency as well as the maid you chose so it is very clear from the onset what you are looking for.
Check the agency's credentials
Do check MOM's website for the list of reputable maid agencies.
Check statistics on the agency
Unless they're talking about high success rate, any other rate in the high zone should set off alarm bells in your head.
Think about the nationality
It comes down to shared interests and beliefs. Ideally, you'd want a live-in helper who shares the same religion, has experience in cooking the food you like, and be able to communicate in the same language. It makes living together less awkward.
Do a through background check
Question the information the agency gives you– "If she's a good domestic helper, why didn't her employer renew her contract?"
If she's new to Singapore, it's advisable to know her situation back home so as not to cause complications in her employment commitments.
Besides checking with former employers, do also check out this group which lists all the blacklisted maids - https://www.facebook.com/groups/521151747976052/
Interview your potential helper
If you are hiring a transfer maid, request to bring her home for two hours to meet the rest of your family. Most good agencies will oblige to this.