Host Mom Melinda sent us all a wonderful present.
Melinda went through many, many posts on AuPairMom where we’ve recommended interview questions — AND she put them all together!
This will be a huge, long list. It includes some questions you’ll see on agency sites, plus several questions *exclusive* to all of us here. Thank you to all of the commenters– host parents, au pairs, LCCs, former au pairs, and nannies — who continue to share so generously.
Keep in mind that this list isn’t completely complete — we get wiser every day as we share tips with each other. So, without further ado:
Au Pair Interview questions and Application Evaluation
Competency – learned by reviewing application
Character – learned by asking key questions
Chemistry – learned through skype/webcam sessions
Review childcare experience –
Nanny? Full Time? Part-time?
Employment Experience –
Has a job?
Has held a paying job before?
Just high school?
Special training (camp counselor, soccer coach)?
Pictures of family?
Pictures of babies?
No pictures of friends?
Pictures of him/her swigging from a beer bottle?
What do the parents do for a living?
Does the mother work?
Are they educators or professionals (medical, lawyer etc)?
How many siblings are there?
Are the siblings younger or older? Much younger or older?
History of divorce, family trauma?
Does the essay talk a lot about travel and social activities or does it focus on family and caring for children?
Does the applicant have dietary restrictions?
Any foods she will not prepare?
What values did you parents teach you as being most important in life?
What three adjectives would your friends use to describe you?
Do you have a boyfriend? How does he feel about your decision to become an AP? How do you think you’ll handle being away from him for a year?
What kind of roads do you typically drive on?
Do you have experience driving in heavy traffic?
Do you own your own car?
Do you drive often, how often?
How long have you driven?
Are you OK driving long distances to travel?
What kind of cars have you driven?
What is the furthest distance you have ever driven?
What kind of bad weather have you driven in? (snow? heavy rain?)
Have you ever used a GPS?
When you need to figure out how to drive to somewhere, how do you get directions?
Have you ever gotten lost while driving? If so, what did you do?
Have you ever been on a road trip with a friend?
What is your best driving habit?
What is your worst driving habit?
How is driving at nighttime different from driving during the daytime?
Are you close with your siblings?
How did you hear about the program and who suggested that you become an aupair ?”
Do you have relatives in the US?
Is religion important to you?
Are you a morning person? Are you able to start your day early?
Do you have a housekeeper? Do you have duties at home? Please explain what your duties are
Have you had a job before? Tell us about your job & what you did. What where the challenges? What did you like? How long did you work there? Why did you quit?
How do you handle conflict with your parents?
How do you like to keep your room at home?
If the baby is crying & hurt, the 3 & 4 year old are fighting & the doorbell rings – how would you handle that situation?
What would you do if you were driving & the boys are fighting or takes off a seat belt?
What is your biggest strength/weakness?
What is your biggest concern or fear about becoming an au pair?
Why do you want to come to the USA and what are your plans when you go back to your home country?
Do you have a maid at home?
The child you are looking after is just learning to walk. She is walking on a concrete sidewalk and falls forward and hits her head. Her head is cut and bleeding heavily. She is crying hysterically and is very upset because she is in pain and is scared. How do you handle this?
Have you ever clipped a baby’s fingernails or toenails?
What are your expectations for the home that you will live in as an au pair? Will you be uncomfortable if the home is not perfectly clean at all times?
Have you had any prior lengthy illnesses?
What age children do you prefer to take care of?
How much sleep do you need to feel rested?
How do you plan to spend your time when you’re not working?
Do you know anyone in the US?
What is your best and worst memory of your family life?
What kind of role do you want to have with the children? A playmate? A teacher? A parent? How would you go about these roles?
Do you want to be like a roommate or do you want to be like a member of the host family? A roommate socializes outside of the home most nights and weekend with friends. A member of the family eats dinner at home each night and spends time at home on the weekends and watches movies with the host family in the evening.
How do you make friends?
Do you enjoy playing with dogs and are you comfortable with them?
How do you envision your day taking care of our daughter?
What do you think is most exciting thing about coming to the US as an au pair?
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