Many many years ago, before the internet and emails, families could only interview Aupairs on the phone. However these days the interviewing Aupairs is much easier as you can not only interview them on the phone but also via skype where you can see the Aupair whilst speaking to her. Emails also allow families to send Aupairs more information about the duties, responsibilities, free time, in writing, so the Aupair can read all information in their own time. We encourage all our families to send the Aupairs as much information as possible, and interview them not only on the phone but also via Skype. Families with older children also ask their children to speak to the Aupair so they can get to know each other before coming to the UK.
In the past couple of years the success rate of the Aupair placements has increased rapidly and this is only due to the fact that families can get to know the Aupairs more before accepting them.
You can download Skype for free on http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/get-skype/. Please note that you can download Skype to your mobile, or TV as well.