Your Host Family Handbook can be a good tool for screening prospective Au Pair Candidates.
Handbooks generally outline the concrete expectations of a host family as well as the particular rules and parameters that an au pair is expected to work with. Sure, a long handbook might seem daunting to an au pair candidate, but at the same time it will add a level of detail and specificity that should help him or her understand the family they’re considering.
Plus, if you are interviewing au pairs whose first language is not English, having the handbook gives them a chance to translate and mull over the meaning of certain expectations in a way that’s hard to do over skype. Or even email.
Host Mom 4thTimesACharm thought she’d share her family handbook with the rematch au pair they are considering after their manny went ‘into transition’.
But from the (new) potential AP,
Her first sentence in response to receiving our handbook was “It was a bit much for me and very detailed”.
[She is in rematch and apparently previous HF didn’t have a handbook.]
I’m a bit put out by this remark and my first reaction is to let her go despite all other communications having gone well (though she didn’t have particularly many or good questions for us either) – am I wrong and should I give her another chance? (challenge her over lack of questions?)
She is German – anything that might have gotten lost in translation?