How to Interview Au Pair Candidates is the #1 topic that people search for on AuPairMom.
This week, I’ve been hard at work on an eBook that can offer all the ideas in one place and one package. It’s insane, trying to pull together (as much as is humanly possible) the wisdom that’s accumulated here over the past 9 years.
It’s so interesting to see the comments and concerns that appear over and over, like “All the good ones get snapped up before our second Skype call!“, and “Don’t panic, don’t settle!“.
What’s crazier to discover is that there are actually a few issues that we’ve never had deep discussions about. Unbelievable! I’ll be raising some of these issues in the next few weeks.
Here’s one of those questions —
What special questions do you ask when you are interviewing Rematch AuPairs?
We all know that in rematch situations, there are usually more sides to the story than there are characters in the story. The information that we get from the Agency will likely gloss over some issues. The information we get from the Host Family — if we’re able to connect with them — can range from “accurate” to “as kind as possible but vague” to “blameful but trying not to be bitter” to “no wonder the Au Pair left!”
And from the Au Pairs themselves, the information can feel hard to trust. We know that Au Pairs in rematch are under pressure to rematch within two weeks, so they are motivated to present themselves well.
When you actually get the Rematch Au Pair on Skype, Hangout, or the phone, what do you ask about?
When you’re looking at transition documents, what do you look for?
How do you read in between the lines to assess the philosophy, perspective, and attitude of a Rematch Au Pair?
I’ll open another post for Interviewing Extension Au Pairs: Special Questions?
Thanks in advance for your insights.
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