34 House Sitter Interview Questions

34 House Sitter Interview Questions

by Kathy Green

General Background of the Candidate

  • What interested you in this type of work?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
  • Do you have a current position and why do you want to leave?
  • What are your expectations for your next position?
  • What are your long-range goals?
House Sitting and You
  • Why did you choose to become a house sitter?
  • What qualities do you have that make you a good house sitter?
  • What do you enjoy about this type of work?
  • How many years of experience do you have with house sitting?
  • What do you find the most challenging/interesting part of house sitting?
  • Do you have any pet allergies?
  • Are you willing to care for a home with a dog and/or cat?
  • Would you be willing to care for these animals on your visits?
  • Are you willing to work in a home of a smoker?
  • How often should you be visiting a home in a week?
  • What can you do to make a house look lived in?
    • picking up flyers and papers
    • turning radio off and on
    • shovelling snow if needed
    • cutting/watering the grass if necessary
    • opening and shutting the drapes/blinds
    • turning inside and outside lights off and on
  • Would you be willing to water the plants inside and outside?
  • Are you willing to collect our mail?
  • Are you available for short/medium/long-term absences of the owner?
  • Do you feel competent to manage the thermostat in the home?
  • Are you willing to regularly check that major appliances are working properly?
  • What would you do in the case of a power outage?
Skills of Candidate
  • Do you know how to shut off the water in a house in case of emergency?
  • Do you keep records of necessary tasks done daily, weekly, and monthly in each client’s
  • house.
  • Are you familiar with managing an air-conditioning system?
  • Are you familiar with sump pumps?
    • What would you do if you found water in the basement?
  • Have you ever maintained an outdoor pool?
    • Would you be willing to clean and maintain a pool?
Employment Details
  • When would you be available to start a new position?
  • What salary are you seeking?
  • Can you provide two current references with phone numbers?
  • How do you feel about a trial period; how long should this be?
  • What hours do you expect to work each week or bi-weekly?
  • What are your holiday expectations?
  • What emergency numbers are essential for us to leave you in order for you to feel comfortable looking after our home?
  • Would you be willing to sign a contract?
Concluding Remarks
  • What would you like to say about yourself and this position to conclude this interview?