Unique Au Pair or Nanny Interview Questions

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For parents who have never interviewed a childcare provider, the responsibility can seem daunting. Cultural Care Au Pair helps parents determine if a nanny or au pair candidate, who looks good on paper, is going to be a good fit for their children, their family and their household.

Asking unique interview questions, as well as the basic ones, will help parents get to know a child care provider

For parents who have never interviewed a childcare provider, the responsibility can seem daunting. How does one determine if a nanny or au pair candidate, who looks good on paper, is going to be a good fit for your children, your family and your household?

Start with basic au pair interview questions. Cultural Care Au Pair provides an extensive list of general au pair interview questions, interview questions related to childcare experience and interview questions that are appropriate for the care of children of certain ages. Despite the fact that you are literally an ocean apart, you can get a pretty good sense of an au pair’s personality, experience with children and background by asking these questions.

Here are a few more examples of the type of interview questions for an au pair or nanny that might give you further insight into whether someone is the right match for your family.

What is your favorite place in the house?
This interview question is particularly good for an au pair or live in nanny since it will give you some insight into what her life at home is like. Her answer might also tell you if she likes cooking, being with family, or watching TV and whether she likes her privacy and being alone in her room or spending time in the kitchen or family room with others.

If I walked into your room right now, what would I see?
You might be able to tell if the au pair is organized or disorganized and if she likes things extremely neat or cluttered but cozy. As she talks about specific items in her room (books, music, art, workout gear, etc.), you can gain insight into her interests and lifestyle.

What do you think children like best about you?
This interview question allows the au pair to answer from the child’s perspective – can she be funny and silly, does she like to play what they like to play, does she make delicious snacks?

How do you feel about taking care of a child with special needs?
With increasing rates of autism and ADHD, chances are your au pair will come into contact with special needs children in play groups even if your child does not have special needs. Her response will give you insight into her flexibility, temperament, confidence, and empathy.

What’s something that I should know about you that I wouldn’t know to ask?
The au pair has a chance to be creative in her answer by telling you about something truly unique about her or this gives her an opportunity to tell you about one of her accomplishments. What is it that she is proud of? What does she want you to know about her?

What scares you the most about working for our family?
Is she at all worried about the childcare? Is she afraid she cannot meet your expectations? Is she just concerned about navigating a new community and settling in? The answer to this question can be very telling and allow you to alleviate some of her fears.

Cultural Care encourages families to conduct at least two interviews when selecting a child care provider, to allow a couple of days between interviews, and to ask basic and unique questions in each interview to allow for the best dialogue to get to know each other. Through a combination of interview questions, parents can determine if a candidate will be a good fit for their family.

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About Cultural Care Au Pair
Cultural Care Au Pair is the leading provider of intercultural, live-in childcare in the United States. Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 90,000 au pairs in welcoming American homes. A U.S. Department of State regulated program, Cultural Care Au Pair is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with their own extensive network of recruitment, screening and orientation offices worldwide and more than 600 local coordinators across the U.S. For more information about hosting an au pair, visit http://www.culturalcare.com or call 800-333-6056.

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