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Maid2Interview Wed 17-Jul-19 10:40:13

I have a cleaning business, and I'm about to hire a few cleaners. I was thinking of doing the interview in their own homes, instead of in a coffee shop? I've read that the franchise Maid2clean does this. To be honest, I'm scared they're going to think I'm weird or something like that. But on the other hand, I can see why interviewing them in their home would be beneficial, to sort of see how clean they are? What do you think?

Cheeserton Wed 17-Jul-19 10:42:53

You want to snoop on the state of their homes? hmm


Yellowweatherwarning Wed 17-Jul-19 10:43:02

Cleaner here

I would have no customers!!
I clean at work how my fantasy home would be.
Not one inhabited by 6 dc, 4 ddogs, 2 dcats and a dh..

Double0FeckingBollocks Wed 17-Jul-19 10:50:06

I think this is dreadful and intrusive. You have no idea what people's home circumstances are and it's none of your business. Judge them on their application and interview, and ultimately how they perform at work like everyone else.

HennyPennyHorror Wed 17-Jul-19 10:51:33

Would put me right off. No way would I allow that. Some stranger in my home?? No. My children live here....I don't allow strangers inside without good reason.

TeaStory Wed 17-Jul-19 10:51:50

I would hate that, it would feel really intrusive.

Also, I’ve left a job interview early when it was clear the job was misrepresented and absolutely not for me, I appreciated the opportunity to escape. They wouldn’t be able to do that in their homes.

Reindeerssmellbetter Wed 17-Jul-19 10:53:28

I think this is a bad idea. It would put me right off a job if the interview was in my home.

GreenFingersWouldBeHandy Wed 17-Jul-19 10:53:38

I wouldn't expect their homes to be a vision of cleanliness; they're out working all day cleaning for everyone else!

Likewise it's always builders who have loads of unfinished projects at home.

I think it would be really invasive and judgemental. How would you feel if they came round to have a nose at your house? Stick to neutral ground.

spaniorita Wed 17-Jul-19 10:54:06

Absolutely not. I wouldn't want to work for a company who do this.

joystir59 Wed 17-Jul-19 10:54:43

I would not allow anyone to interview me at home. Extremely intrusive.

ddl1 Wed 17-Jul-19 10:55:54

YABU. (1) Very few people would be comfortable with strangers snooping on their homes and judging them on the state of their homes (not to mention possibly other private matters). (2) In any case, the state of a cleaner's own home is not likely to be a strong predictor of how good they are at cleaning others' homes. To many people, their own home is where they relax and don't have to maintain workplace standards.

Piffle11 Wed 17-Jul-19 10:55:58

I don't think the cleanliness of a person's home would give any indication as to how they would do the job. I hate cleaning with a passion, but I would do a good job if I was being paid for it! Plus, all you would probably see is one room - unless you're going to come up with excuses to go into the kitchen and use the bathroom? I wouldn't want to work for someone who did this, tbh - and the applicants are going to know exactly why you're doing it.

newmomof1 Wed 17-Jul-19 10:56:41

I love my home but no way would I let somebody interview me in it. Bizarre suggestion if you ask me.

MRex Wed 17-Jul-19 10:57:09

I don't care if my cleaner's own house is clean, that seems very intrusive.

PineappleSeahorse Wed 17-Jul-19 10:57:10

WTAF? That's crazy and very unprofessional. You have no need to see their homes and their homes are not necessarily a reflection of how good they are at their job. Painters and decorators' homes are often a mess because the last thing they want to do at the end of the day is work on their own home. It doesn't mean that they aren't good decorators.

I'm not a cleaner but I'd assume that anyone asking this would be the employer from hell and avoid them.

WorraLiberty Wed 17-Jul-19 10:58:12

If you were having a painter/decorator/plasterer/tiler etc doing work in your home, would you insist on visiting theirs first?

Their own homes do not necessarily reflect their work.

And in the case of cleaner, perhaps they're too busy working outside of the home and juggling kids etc, to keep their own homes as clean as they'd like.

howwudufeel Wed 17-Jul-19 11:00:33

Eddie Stobart used to look into the cars of the people who wanted jobs driving for him and if they were clean and tidy he would take them on. It was pretty successful for him in the end.

Teddybear45 Wed 17-Jul-19 11:00:43

The purpose of Maid2Clean interviewing applicants in their own home is NOT to judge the cleanliness of their homes, but to ensure they are genuine and not fraudsters / criminals etc. Maid2Clean and other big cleaning companies have been associated with criminals pretending to be cleaners and then robbing the house or hurting the owners. Honestly your business skills must be terrible if you haven’t managed to figure that out!

CalmdownJanet Wed 17-Jul-19 11:02:16

God no! You'll end up with nobody to interview anyway if you suggest it

Somersetlady Wed 17-Jul-19 11:02:22

I would never continue with the application for a job where the interviewer suggested coming to my home. No matter what the job.

ISmellBabies Wed 17-Jul-19 11:03:04

It doesn't matter how clean their house is and it's none of your business. Yabu.

DogbertDogglesworth Wed 17-Jul-19 11:08:54

No, just as I wouldn't expect any other potential employer to interview me in my own home.
Many years ago I was asked to enclose a recent photo of myself with the application form for a job I was interested in. That application form went straight in the bin when I read that bit.

Maid2Interview Wed 17-Jul-19 11:11:06

I understand. Just wanted to ask first. I just don't understand how on earth Maid2clean get away with it!

Costa it is then smile

wigglybluelines Wed 17-Jul-19 11:17:53

Because people are desperate for work, I'd imagine.

I'd hazard a guess they have a high turn over of staff, if that's their attitude to people.

Maid2Interview Wed 17-Jul-19 11:18:01

Honestly your business skills must be terrible if you haven’t managed to figure that out!

There's a guy on YouTube who owns a successful cleaning business here in the UK. He has said he's done interviews in their homes for the same reason. I guess his business skills must also be terrible hmm

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