Does anyone offer a reference to the Au Pair candidates they are interviewing?
While every Au Pair candidate lists at least two references that Host Families can email or call, I’ve never heard of Host Parents offering references to Au Pair candidates.
This seems to be a vestige from the days when it was assumed that Host Families “chose” and Au Pairs “accepted”.
Offering the candidate a chance to talk with a former au pair or even a babysitter is one way to put a little more information in the hands of the candidate. We do something similar to “offering a reference” when we give a candidate the contact information of a previous au pair or encourage them to talk with our current Au Pair.
But, does anyone offer a reference as a matter of course?
(True, a candidate can easily search the web for info about you, check you out on LinkedIn, and look up your address on Google’s street view to see if your house is pretty. But that’s not the same as hearing about you from a neighbor– even if the neighbor is your best friend.)
Offering a reference can be a nice gesture. Does anyone do it?