If a picture paints a thousand words, then what does an Au Pair’s application video do?
Au Pair videos seem like a great way to get a sense of an au pair’s personality and command of English. Even though someone could script and then rehearse perfect grammar and expression, you’d still get o hear his or her accent and know whether you could manage it. Plus, a video can help you get a sense of a potential au pair’s personality. Looks good.
Challenges of Au Pair Application Videos
When videos first arrived on the scene, I wondered if they’d do as much harm as good. All I needed to see was an au pair in her pink bedroom, surrounded by thousands of stuffed animals, using cheesy graphics and Brittney Spears as background music, to move on to the next application without a second thought. Yes, I was using my own aesthetic taste, not good matching criteria.
I wonder, though, if au pair videos now have a smaller role in the matching process, since Skype has created a chance for us to interact visually and audibly with an au pair in real time.
As Steff wrote in a comment earlier:
In the first interview I had with my current hostfamily they actually commented on my video and how they’ve liked what I did there. I had to admit I liked that, and you know? Host parents actually look a lot to that because, at least in my opinion, the video is a GREAT way to tell the actual personality of the girl– of course that’s not a “bullet-proof” screen tool, but I think it is still very great because your future hostfamily can “know” you a little bit better.
How well your spoken English is- if you are a happy person overall, if you smile a lot and are genuinely excited in being an AP or if you are just with the program as a way to get to the States and I really hope you know what I mean.
OB mom chimed in:
I really liked having a video to get a sense of a person and who they are. Not a highly produced thing, but something that shows what is important to them about working with children. What would you do with our children if you were our AP’s? If you can show that your communication skills are good that may help.
Families, have Au Pair application videos helped your selection process?
Or have they just added another layer of stuff to distract you from your deeper criteria?