To help applicants get a better idea of what Casmir Care Services Inc. looks for when evaluating job applicants, we asked Chinyere Dunkley, our assistant director of Human Resources, to share what qualities and abilities we look for.
Q: What basic skills, qualities, and abilities do you look for in every strong caregiver applicant?
A: Every strong caregiver applicant is someone who is patient, flexible, compassionate, innovative, creative, honest, and empathetic.
Strong applicants are good at communicating and can advocate for our individuals effectively. This is someone who is attentive, dependable trustworthy, encouraging, and supportive with good problem-solving skills.
Most importantly, we look for someone who is passionate about our company and its mission and willing to learn and grow with the company.
Q: What kinds of experience do you seek in applicants?
A: We look for at least one year of experience. But we encourage people who are willing and have an urge to learn and gain experience as well as grow in the field to apply. We offer extensive training and have a management team that strives to help employees become the best employees whether they have experience or not. We also understand that people do need to at least start somewhere.
Q: What is the title for the job opening that you find yourself most frequently hiring for?
A: The job opening that I find myself most frequently hiring for is Direct Support Professional/Residential Aide and Site Supervisor.
Q: When you think about applicants who were particularly strong, what made them pop out of the pile of job applicants?
A: The most outstanding applicants are usually those who fill their application out in its entirety and are very detailed on their application, most importantly, on the survey questions.
Q: What are turnoffs or red flags on applications? Or when you contact professional references?
A: I notice when people answer certain questions wrong like their date of birth, the continuous misspelling of words, gaps in employment, and those who answer the surveys with one word or only offer personal references.
Q: When you interview applicants, are there any common mistakes they make?
A: Sometimes applicants doubt themselves and instead of guessing and/or trying to learn while in the interview, they shut down and say, “I don’t know,” or “I don’t want to be wrong,” because they think they may get a question wrong.
Q: What are rare traits or qualities that you would love to see more of?
A: We would love to see more people who come to work for the sole purpose of caring for our individuals and not to gossip, fraternize, and collect a paycheck.
Upcoming Open Houses
Casmir Care Services is hiring Direct Care Professionals and Caregivers for individuals with disabilities. Come to our open house and learn about Casmir Care and the individuals we serve.
May 16, May 30
Noon – 4:00 PM
4950 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131
RSVP: Call (267) 292-3116 to sign up