Choosing Who to Interview

I know I have spoken a little about the process of employing Support Workers in “Advertising for Support Workers” which focused on my physical ability to take the initial phone calls. This blog is about the fine line between discriminating against an applicant and changing my ways to accommodate them which in turn can snowball into disrespecting myself. Knowing who to interview can be near impossible.  As an employer, I cannot be seen to discriminate and as a person I believe that everyone should be given a chance.

Yes, I’m recruiting again due to a Support Worker whom I’ve had a couple of years moving on. There is a very fine line between giving someone a chance and choosing the right employee for me with the ability and personality to complete most if not all of the things that I want them to do for me.  With this lot of applicants, I’ve been forced to make very difficult decisions about who to and who not to interview and why.

It is awful! I have had one person say that they can do A and B but won’t be able to do C because of an illness.  Then another indicates that they do relief work for other places in a different industry that have a higher rate of pay.  With my first example, while it’s difficult for me to rule this applicant out because they were completely upfront and honest about what they can and cannot do, it wouldn’t be fair on me to constantly reorganise what I want done because of one employee’s inability to do what is asked of them. Nor would it be fair on my other Support Workers to constantly pick up the slack.

In the second example, while it’s also difficult for me to rule this applicant out because they were completely upfront and honest about what they can and cannot do, it is a little easier to do so.  It may be unfair but how would this person choose which employer to work for if I called on a day when they were called by another employer?  Part of the position that I am offering is to be available for relief work.

Also on one hand, I have absolutely no right to assume that they would accept the higher paying job over lower rates because it is not my issue. Though on the other hand, it does become my problem if they’re rarely available when I require them to work.

There are so many if’s and but’s, what is a girl to do?