Interview Questions To Ask a Private Chauffeur

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Published on August 25, 2021

If you have found a private chauffeur to interview – congratulations! One of the challenging parts of finding a new private chauffeur is to have the first selection of candidates. People who seem to fit the job spec, with the right background and experience. So at the interview stage, it is really time to find out exactly if they indeed suit the job. And if they suit your household! Having a solid selection of interview questions prepared is crucial to get the results you want. Getting to know the candidates, and getting one step closer to finding the right private chauffeur for you. Find out the go-to interview questions to ask a private chauffeur, here.

Interviews Are Key

Interviewing someone can be tricky, and it can be tough to get the balance right. It is one of the most, if not key parts of the recruitment process. You want to make sure you are leading the conversation at all times. However, make sure you give the candidate enough chances to tell about themselves, and their experience. Ask open questions where possible. This will allow for more elaborate answers, rather than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The below list of questions can give you a good start.

Interview Questions To Ask A Private Chauffeur

  • Why are you interested in this job?
    • You should normally ask this in the beginning so you are able to ‘read’ people who might not be passionate about the job as a chauffeur. It also gives a good first indication of someone’s personality and motivations.
  • What is your previous experience as a chauffeur or driver?
  • How do you get into the chauffeuring industry?
  • What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
    • You want to mix professional questions up with slightly more personal ones. Hiring a private chauffeur is a personal thing, they need to fit with your personality and household too.
  • Enquire about similar previous roles – were there children, pets? Do they have an up to date DBS if working with children?
  • How far will their commute to you be?
    • Finding out how and how long they will commute to and from you can make a big difference. If someone has to commute for longer than an hour to get to you, it might not be a job they are able to do long term.
  • Are they looking for a long term role, where do they see themselves in five years?
  • Do they have references from previous employers who you could contact?
  • Discuss the setup of the job – are they happy with the hours? Can they be flexible, are they open to considering overtime when pre-agreed?
    • You want to get an idea of their work commitments and personal engagements too. Will they be able to be flexible, or do the hours you require them to do?
  • Are they confident being in charge of maintenance and MOT of the car(s) too?
    • You are not hiring a car mechanic. However, having someone who is handy with cars as a chauffeur is a great benefit. Someone who knows what to do when a car won’t start, or breaks down, can be of great help. And also someone who is genuinely passionate about cars will look after it a lot better!

Other Things To Consider

Every interview can be different, depending on the person. There might be very relevant, detailed questions you need to ask regarding the role which are not mentioned above. However the above should be a solid start to an informative interview with your candidate. It’s best to keep the interview conversational and don’t be afraid to ask follow up questions. Remember, this is your time to find out everything you want to know about the person who will be joining your household. You really want to make sure they fit well.

Lastly, you might get an instant connection with a private chauffeur as soon as the interview starts. This could be a good sign, and never ignore intuition. But make sure to not get blinded by it. You want to make sure they still hit all the right marks. So don’t forget to ask the important questions. And stick to the make-or-break qualities you’ve set out at the beginning of your search.

How can Polo & Tweed help you?

If you need help finding the right private chauffeur for your household, we can help. Polo & Tweed has worked with the top chauffeurs in the industry for many years and continues to do so. We are here to guide you through the whole recruitment process. From selecting the best, most suited candidates for you, to the job offer stage and beyond. Why not contact us today to find out how we can get started!

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