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男爵府

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發表於 05-1-18 22:30 |顯示全部帖子

Sharing my findings and experience

I would like to share my experience in searching a maid. In fact, I am also looking for a new maid now. What I experienced is,.......

After you have viewed the video, the best is to conduct a sudden telephone interview with the domestic helper because I don't believe all domestic helper can speak English and I also don't believe that they can cook Chinese food.

I have noticed that all maids are reading some scripting while they are being interviewed in front of the camera. I observed it through the interview. Let's be careful.

I then conducted an ad-hoc (sudden) telephone interview to those maid I like. Some are not even able to talk in English. Some can speak fluent English and answer all questions with sense. I also asked them how to cook Chinese food over the phone.

In my conclusion, I really think sudden telephone interview is recommended to all prospect employer here. It is very important to test your maid over the phone. If she is able to answer some sudden questions, I think the result is more reliable. Don't just relie on the video. I really don't believe it at all.

Good luck to all of you. Let's share more.




大宅

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發表於 05-1-19 00:20 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

How would you arrange a sudden telephone interview? Through the agency without advance notice?


男爵府

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發表於 05-1-19 09:04 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

Yes, sudden interview means without prior notice to my agent nor the applicant.

In my believe, I think if her English is no good, she will also affect my child. Moreover, please measure how much we can input to her if she cannot understand my order. How much output are you going to expect?? Agreed?

Actually, I saw her telephone number on her application form. Hence, I cannot wait to conduct a telephone sudden interview coz I want to find out how good their English is. I just don't believe all from her application form nor the video. I feel that their eyes are moving while they are answering the question inside the video. I suspected that it is not good enough.

For me, I have short listed the interview on hand. One application form has her number and the other one has not got. Hence, one is arranged and the other one is not.

I got it at last. The one with arranged interview was so bad. I have heard that there is a person who actually helping her to answer my questions.

The one I made sudden call to her. She can answer my questions thoroughly and correctly.

In my conclusion, we must be very careful. Don't just view their video.

Good luck to all, Let's share.


複式洋房

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發表於 05-1-19 10:01 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

Yes! My current maid can speak english & cantonese when I were viewing the viedo. After she joined us, we found she cannot speak both. So sudden phone interview is an excellent test.


大宅

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發表於 05-1-19 11:51 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

Will the agent provide their contact numbers to us for conducting the sudden telephone interview?


複式洋房

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發表於 05-1-19 11:57 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

THANKS !


男爵府

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發表於 05-1-19 12:18 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

There are so many agents in Hong Kong. Of course, this is one of your request as well. My agent has the number on it for me to direct contact. I think it is fair.

Agreed?


大宅

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發表於 05-1-19 12:56 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

Kaunty,
Thanks for your sharing and that is really a good ideal! :lol: I never think about to do in that way before :lol: . My maid also told me the agency in phil. will request them to wrote down the incorrect informations on the application form.
E.g. 1)My maid (hire to take care of my bb)don't want to take care of the elderly and the agency blame her and force her to "tick" the column "good / willing to take care the elderly".
2) force her to fill in the age of her kids elder than their real age - coz the agency think the employer will like the maid who have experience to take care the "bigger" kid.
3) She worked in Malaysia before but the agency did not allowed her to fill the form as some employer in HK won't like the maid work in Malaysia before.

P.S. As my maid told me some of the provinces/ villages in Phil do not have tel line and in her place only affordable people will have cell phone.


民房

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發表於 05-1-19 15:35 |顯示全部帖子

Re: Sharing my findings and experience

I am also waiting for my new maid coming in March. When I decided to take this maid, I did:
1) Take the first impression from the video. You may know their response is good or not and also the smiling, sincerity, etc.
2) Asked the agent to fax me her passport copy showing her working visa in Singapore. (I don't really trust the working experience stating in the application form unless provided evidence.)
3) I talked to the maid twice over the phone, asked her some questions to make sure she is capable to communicate in English. I found the voice was she and seems nobody with her while we were talking.

So, telephone interview is a must before you made the decision.

I hope I can be the lucky one!

Good luck to all of us!

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