Who are you? – the first interview with the Au Pair

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One of the most important parts of getting to know each other is the Skype Video interview. This is the moment when both Au Pair and Host Family’s responsibilities, rights and expectations should be cleared.

But what do you have to think about? And what kind of questions should you ask?  We have some advice for you:

1. Don’t forget about the different time zones

Your future au pair is probably thousands of miles away and has a different time zone. You need to find a time that fits you and the au pair, so you have enough time to talk for a while. You should also be on time, so set a reminder or an alarm.

2. Write down some questions for your au pair

The interview is THE chance to get to know the au pair. So write down some questions about everything that you want to ask the au pair.

  • How much childcare experience do you have?
  • Have you been an au pair somwhere else before?
  • The Au Pair’s duties
  • What motivates you to be part of this cultural exchange program?
  • Are you vegetarian or vegan?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your plans for the future?
  • Is there anything special you would like to do when you are here?

3. The first impression

The first impression is essential. Try calling from home so the Au Pair can see a bit of where you live. Show them around the house and the room. To include the kids in the interview would be perfect, so your kids can check, if they like the au pair or not too.

4. Talk about the tasks and the contract

Talk about the au pair’s tasks and all the other details of the stay and write them down in the Au Pair contract. Agree on the working hours, the holidays and the pocket money. Most countries have a regulation for the amount of pocket money. If the au pair needs to apply for a visa, they will need the contracti order to apply for the visa.

5. Show interest the au pair’s life

Show your au pair that you are really interested in their life, their hobbies and whatever they do for a living. Ask questions about their lifestyle and hobbies and be sure to share yours as well.

6. Be Yourself!

Don’t pretend to be any different. It’s important thatthe au pair sees who you and your family are. Be clear on your priorities and expectations.