August 1, 2016

Au pair interview tips

Choose the best au pair candidate for your family with these interview tips

3 minutes
Advice for host families

The au pair interview is an important part of the matching process. It is your opportunity to get to know an applicant, ask questions about qualities or skills that are essential to you and choose the best au pair candidate for your family.

Making the first call

When you speak to a candidate for the first time, remember that they are probably nervous and excited. Speak slowly and tell the au pair who you are. Be specific when describing your family’s circumstances. It is better to communicate honestly with each other so that you both have realistic expectations.

General interview tips

While speaking to your prospective au pair, keep these tips in mind:

The following are sample questions to guide you during your Skype/telephone interview.

General questions about the au pair’s character and personal interests:

Questions about the au pair’s general childcare experience:

Questions relating to the care of an infant (3 months – 2 years):

Questions relating to the care of a toddler (1-3 years):

Questions relating to pre-school and school aged children (4 years and above):

The au pair interview is the best way to really get to know a candidate and to determine if they are the right fit for your family. Cultural Care recommends that you speak with an au pair candidate at least twice, and more if you feel it is necessary to make your decision. The better you get to know someone, the more confident you will feel about welcoming them into your home!

Read more au pair and nanny interview questions.