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How to interview Aupairs

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
  • How old are you?
  • How many years have you studied English for?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you swim?
  • Can you drive a car ? How often do you drive? What car do you drive?
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  • What is your parent's occupation?
  • Do you  have any pets?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • How long can you stay in England?
  • When can you come to England?
  • Do you want to go to language school in England?
Our Au pair Agency believes that Interviewing Au pairs, Home Assistants, Mothers helps or Housekeepers is very important so they are going to live as a part of your family. 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:
  • What childcare experience do you have? if the Aupair mentions particular experience, please ask her more questions about it, i.e. how old were the children, what activities she did with them, how often she looked after them, etc.
  • What do you do in your free time ?
  • What do you want to when you complete your Aupair stay?
  • Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend?? if the answer is yes, please question it further to find out how likely it is that the Aupair might complete her stay earlier.
  • When do you want to go home for holiday and how long for? This is a good time to mention when you would like the Aupair to take her holidays and how long for.
  • Why do you want to be an Aupair?
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.

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