On finding an Au Pair who can handle a bunch of kids, a complex household, or both, TexasHM says:
You have got to have someone that is bulletproof. Patient, mature, sharp judgment, a jack of all trades and that’s very hard to find — period.
There are things you can teach and things you can’t. … I don’t screen for ‘experience’ anymore. I screen for unteachable personality traits – maturity, judgment, empathy, patience, kindness, etc.
If you think this sounds cliched, you might prefer:
- Attitude over aptitude.
- Character before credentials.
- Hire people for “who they are” first; “what they know” second.
This is all great advice– but how, exactly, do you identify the attitude (especially the maturity) of a potential au pair?
ShouldBeWorking would lovesome specific tips:
Wait, how do you exactly screen for those qualities, TexasHM? How do you judge maturity, for instance??
I’d like to know how you screen for this too. We don’t pay too much attention to an applicant’s experience since we can’t tell how much was invented for the AP application.
Parents, what questions or criteria have you used to assess a candidate’s maturity, or her/his larger sense of perspective?