To make the interview process easier, we have compiled some great tips which we want to share with you:
1. Keep in mind the time zone
Consider that your future Au Pair or Host Family might be thousands of kilometers away and have a different time zone. Find the time that fits both of you and that allows you to have a chat for about 30 minutes - 1 hour. It is also very important to be punctual so we recommend setting a reminder or an alarm.
2. Read the Au Pair’s / Host Family’s profile and write down some questions
While looking for a perfect match
you might go through a lot of profiles. In order to be clear on “who is who” we recommend taking notes and using them during the interview. You can also write your doubts about the profile
or prove the information published on it.
Some important questions to ask are:
How much childcare experience does the Au Pair have?
Has the Host Family had Au Pairs before?
What will be the Au Pair duties?
What motivated the family/Au Pair to be part of this cultural exchange program?
Are the Au Pair/Host Family vegetarian/vegan?
Do both Parents work full time?
Does the Au Pair/Host Family have any hobbies?
What are the Au Pair’s plans for the future?
3. Make a good first impression
During the interview both parts will get to know each other a bit more. Nevertheless, the first impression is essential. Make sure you have found a quiet place with good internet connection before starting the interview. If you are a Host Family, try calling from home so the Au Pair can see a bit of where you live. If you are an Au Pair be sure to chat with the children. If possible ask to have a look at your future Au Pair room
4. Discuss the regulations and the contract
Discuss the regulations and the Au Pair contract
which should be done as soon as possible. Agree on the number of working hours
per week, holidays
and the amount of pocket money
. Remember that in some countries it is regulated and in any case it should be respected. If it is necessary, discuss the documents you might need and the amount of time it would take to get a visa
for the host country.
5. Show interest in your potential Au Pair / Host Family
Show your interest and excitement when talking for the first time with your potential Au Pair or Host Family. Let them know that you have read the profile
carefully and would like to get to know them better. Ask questions about their lifestyle and hobbies and be sure to share yours as well.
If you are an Au Pair show that you have a genuine interest in getting to know the culture and the language of your host country. If you are a Host Family prove that you want a cultural exchange and someone who takes great care of your kids and not a cleaning person.
6. Be Yourself!
Show the Host Family or Au Pair who you really are. Be clear on your priorities and expectations. If you are an Au pair it is especially important not to lie about your experience in childcare, driving, cooking or any other duty that you are required to do
. Try not to worry a lot about the language
. It is normal to be nervous if you are speaking in another language.
Good luck finding your perfect match!