That's the risk of getting a fresh maid because of the many months loan you have to pay for her and she can choose not to work for you anytime and request for transfer, end up losing end is yourself & your family because you paid few thousands of $$$.
Personally I prefer transfer maid because if you choose properly, those who have finished or almost finished their 1st contract means you dont have to pay any maid loans. Just pay for insurance and paperwork by agency will do. Saves you ALOT of $$.
Pros of transfer maid is that you can get to interview the maid face-to-face and see her reaction and how you like her. Plus she is already in SG that means you dont have to worry about passprt approval / medical clearance etc. Plus, the waiting time for your transfer maid is only 1-2 weeks compared to 4-6 weeks for a maid to come from overseas.
As for interviewing a Transfer maid, there are many questions which you can ask her:
- Why did you get Transferred? (This is very important Qn. Of cos there may be many reasons but one man's trash MAY BE another's treasure. She could be abused? Stole $$? Or made too many mistakes/ broken too many things? Not suitable to work in HUGE Bungalow because she is overloaded with work? All these reasons you need to assess whether acceptable to you or not.)
**For my Hubby's grandma's maid, she was transferred because her ex-employer found her too slow in cleaning their landed house, but now she is only working in a 4-room flat looking after my Hub's 88-yr old Grandma so she is very happy. She has been working for 2+yrs already.
**For my cousin's Transfer maid, she was transferred because the old lady she looked after had passed away before her contract ended. My cousin took her to look after her elderly Grandma also. She is diligent and is already "well-trained" in carrying/ feeding/ bathing elderly. She even sleep with Grandma at night cos she doesnt mind waking up at night for her toileting needs. My cousin is very happy.
** For my own maid, she is transferred because she was abused by her ex-employer and my Agent showed us police report as proof. She has worked in that family for 1.5yrs and they never gave her salary and often beat her. She can work very well in my household and she said she is happy working for us, and she has good initiative. We are very lucky to have hired her.
- have you worked in a household with children before?
- How many younger/ older siblings do you have? Did you need to take care of them ?(some maids even though never worked in homes w kids but they have looked after younger siblings before)
- What does your family / husband do?? (Mostly farmers or odd-job workers so ask her how she helps out in her family to assess her responsibility level & knowledge of Housework)
- Before coming to work as a maid, what did you do in your country?? (She could have been a waitress/ helped at farm/ sales promoter. All these jobs can let you assess her maturity level/ understanding of simple English)
Then you can also let her know a bit about your household. Your chores/ time table/ what is expected of her (short nails? Short hair? No hp?? No kissing & sharing food with children??) All these terms you must state out clearly to her so she cannot say she didn't know and Regret working for you.
So far my Hubby's Grandma's, my cousin's and my own maids are Indonesian transfer maids. We find them least problematic of all.
All the best in your maid search!!
Thanx Frenchkitty, i got my transfer maid today and need some monitoring. The most important part is my children. Till now my eldest son did not welcome her. ehm...a bit difficult to persued. He keep thinking me ex-maid (pretty look).