Monday 7 pm. The day has finally arrived, the day of our interview that had been set up last week. The door bell rings and standing at our door is the General Manager of the team and his Office Manager. I thought to myself “Wow, they must be serious about this billeting thing if the General Manager is part of the interview.”
We welcomed them into our home and after the formal introductions we invited them to sit with us in our family room.
After the usual small talk about the weather and looking forward to the season beginning the Office Manager speaks up and says “Thank you for your interest in Billeting now as part of the interview process we have some questions we would like to ask.”
- How long have you been associated with the team? Are you season ticket holders? How long?
- Where did you hear about Billeting?
- Why do you want to Billet?
- What do you think a good Billet is and do you think you would be a good Billet?
- Where do you work and what are your hours?
- What are your views on Drinking? How would you handle it in your home?
- What are your views on Drugs? How would you handle if if you suspected your Billet Son was on Drugs?
- What are your thoughts on girls coming to the house to visit?
- What would you do if your player missed curfew?
- What is your idea of a pregame meal?
- What is a typical day’s meal you would serve?
- What are your thoughts on snacks?
- What are some of the rules of your home that the player would have to abide by?
- If your player has a car would he have a place to park?
- Would you expect your billet son to do chores around the house? If yes, what chores would you ask him to do?
- What are your thoughts on having someone in your home that you consider a problem?
- How would you feel if your player wasn’t in school and at home all day until practice time.
- Do you have a family pet? How is your pet with strangers?
We had no idea that the interview would involve so many questions. Either my husband or I answered as best we could. After billeting for several years now these questions would have been so much easier. One word of advice for answering questions make sure you are honest. An honest billet makes for a good billet home.
Why Such A Process Just To Billet?
Teams take the process of finding good billets very serious. When you think about it though the team is thinking about putting the responsibility of you looking after one of their young players. They need answers to questions like these to make sure they are putting him in a good home where they feel confident he will be well looked after. The one thing the team doesn’t need is to worry about the billet home, they have every day team issues to worry about with performance, schooling etc. of that player. They not only need to know that their player is going to a good home but a home where he will be happy. A happy player makes for better production on the ice. They have to make sure that the home they place him in is going to abide by the rules of the team.
Every teams process is different for selecting their Billet Family. Here is one teams process for deciding on a billet family.
After the lengthy interview they wanted to see the players room so we took them on a tour of the house.
They then asked if we had any questions for them. I asked “if they supplied us with a schedule and contact phone number in case we had to call them?” They told us that “Yes they supplied a schedule and contact information.” They went on to say “the schedule would give us their practice times, their home and away games, their bus schedule for away games and their days off.” We told them that this was great and would certainly help a lot.
Billet Family Follow Ups
Before parting they informed us that as an organization they would be doing regular follow ups. To make sure there weren’t any surprises they would call before coming. They emphasized how very important these follow ups are and that they are a necessary part of billeting. They went on to explain that these visits help open the lines of communication with both parties. It is a great way for the team to communicate with their Billet Family and in turn gives the family an opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns they might have. Of course if there are any problems or worries about they need to call the office right away and not wait for a follow up.
They thanked us for the interview and the tour. They told us that we would have to have a back check done and handed back into their office. They explained that the sooner it was completed and returned to them the better. They added that it is done for obvious reasons as putting a player in your home is a big responsibility. They went on to say that they as a organization wanted to make sure they where comfortable with the placement and that he would be well looked after. They wouldn’t let us know if we had been accepted as billets until it was completed and we would be reimbursed for the cost.
They said their goodbyes and told us they would be in touch. We felt good about our answers during the interview.
We went to our local police station and had the back-check process started. We asked them to forward their findings to the team office.
Now it was all about waiting to find out if we would be billeting for the upcoming season.
Approved As Billets
The call finally came from the office, the call we had been waiting for. Yes, we had been approved as Billets. We both felt that we had been interviewed for a job and yes, we got the job.
They told us they would call when they had everything figured out and let us know who we would be getting for the upcoming season.
This was going to be a new experience. With the interview behind us and being approved it was time to get the wheels in motion and prepare for the arrival of our new billet player.