How to interview Aupairs ?? I am sure that everybody has their own technique but what is the most important is that you like the person that you want to employ as they are going to not only work for you but also live in your home. I always say that it's important that the Aupairs is smiley, friendly and keen to work for you, that's always a good start.
When you phone your Aupair first time, you need to assess what is the actual level of their English. Please speak slowly and clearly, and to start with ask only very basic and simple questions
For the first few minutes, ask the Aupair questions to get them talking, then add information and questions about the children, family, area, duties, responsibilities etc. I always recommend that if you tell the Aupair something, its good to ask a question about it, i.e. my children like swimming, do you swim as well ? do you like swimming ? or i.e. I need you to cook for the children, are you happy to cook for the children?what can you cook ?? how often do you cook ? or i.e. I need you to drive the children to school, how often do you drive in your country? are you happy to drive in England ? or i.e. I need you to help me with housework as well, are you ok to hoover, mop the kitchen floor and tidy up the children's bedrooms every morning? who does the housework in your home? or i.e. we live in a village, and it takes 15 mins on the buss to get to a town, are you happy to live in a quiet village? are you ok to take a buss to a town?
This will not only outline what is expected from the Aupair but also gives you more information about the Aupair, their abilities, and experience.
The other questions could be:
We always recommend to interview the Aupair on the phone first and then carry out a second interview via Skype to get to know the Aupair as much as possible, before accepting her.
I hope that our guide has been helpful.