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How to Choose the Best Foreign Domestic Worker

You may have some knowledge, or know somebody who has experience with a foreign domestic worker, but how can you really tell if this is the right person for you? After all, you’re trusting them to care for your child and home.

Here are Foreign Domestic Worker Secret Techniques on how to choose the most suitable foreign domestic worker.

Reference Checking:

A reference checking should include at least one personal contact and one professional contact. The reference checking may be done by a friend or a family member or any other professional who can give you good information about the foreign domestic worker in Singapore. Usually, people do not have the time or resources to call up the individual between 12 to 15 members of their family.

Check for the proper credentials of the agency:

The foreign domestic worker should come from a reputable agency. The agencies should be members of business associations or chambers of commerce. Such agencies have a good reputation and most times are regulated by some government body or an association. One should check for the competence of the agency in dealing with previous employers and clients in handling issues like visa application, transfer of documents, follow-up in case the employer misses a job interview, and so on.

Check for the employer’s resume and expectations:

The employer may ask the foreign domestic worker to fill up a resume or an application form. The foreign domestic worker should provide the employer with a good resume listing their previous employers, the duration of each employment, leaving dates and whether they resigned or terminated, etc.

The employer should check whether the information provided matches what they asked before employing that particular foreign domestic worker. This is to ensure that there are no discrepancies in the information provided and to make sure that both parties understand each other’s expectations. It is a good idea to have a face-to-face discussion between both parties before employing a foreign domestic worker.

Check for the foreign domestic worker’s expectations:

By asking the foreign domestic worker what they would expect from their employer one can have a better understanding of their expectations and also in turn get more information on what are their requirement and needs as regards accommodation, food, working position, etc. The employer should also check whether these expectations can be met or not. This can help avoid misunderstandings later on.

Check for their visit:

Some foreign domestic workers may come over to Singapore for the purpose of employment. Others would have a family member staying here. However, some may come for the sole purpose of short-term employment before going back to their country. The employer should make it clear as to what category his or her foreign domestic worker falls under.

Check for the foreign domestic worker’s qualifications:

When one is interviewing his or her foreign domestic worker it is a good idea to ask about their previous skills. This will give the employer some idea about what kind of support will be needed from the foreign domestic worker and also benchmark the particular domestic worker against other similar employers in Singapore.


It is a good idea to have a face-to-face discussion before employing any foreign domestic worker. Not only will this give you a better idea of the kind of personality and skills that that particular foreign domestic worker has, but you are also able to check out whether all the information provided by the agency matches what you have asked.

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