Make your Au Pair interviews really count!

There are several questions that each Au pair should be asked regardless of what your individual family preferences are.  When asking questions, avoid those that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” to help you assess the Au Pair’s English skills.

  • Why do you want to be an Au Pair?  The answer to this question will help you determine your Au Pair’s motivation for coming to the U.S., personality, and possible career plans.
  • When are you available to come to the U.S.?  While this information is also listed on the application, you will want to ask the Au pair to ensure that she is available when you would need her to start.  Some Au Pairs may need to give an employer or landlord advance notice of departure.

If you ever have trouble reaching an Au Pair on the phone, contact your Placement Coordinator, who will be able to get in touch with the Au Pair’s International Representative to help you with your interview.

Good luck and make sure you spend lots of time looking at Available Au Pairs before selecting a few to interview. Make sure you conduct your interviews, hopefully more than one for select few Au Pairs, using a variety of modes. Perhaps you can do one by email, another by telephone and a third by Skype, once you have narrowed the field.

For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925.

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