In a perfect world, we’d check the references supplied by each au pair candidate. It’s just too easy for someone who was untrustworthy to create references that make him or her look better than reality, especially when the reference givers do not speak English fluently.
But, I must admit, in all of the times that we selected au pairs, I only called references once. (I know, shame on me. I bet I’d have avoided my worst flame out au pair if I’d talked to someone who knew her personally, who could have confirmed this au pair’s lack of initiative and her immaturity.]
Checking the Applicant’s References
Offering References to an Au Pair Candidate