Interview Tips for Au pairs: How to Dress

So you have been selected for an interview for an au pair role but don’t know how to dress? Yes, we know its a little confusing. When interviewing for an au pair or nanny position it can be a little tougher to decide what to wear than interviewing for a corporate role. Being an au pair means being involved in the families life on a … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: How to Dress

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Client in an Au pair Job Interview

Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions. Families want to know that you are interested in their family, and are well informed on what life with their family will be like. If there is something said that you don’t understand, ask the family to repeat themselves, or to rephrase the question. It is important that you are calm and focused during the interview. Be … Continue reading Top 10 Questions to Ask a Client in an Au pair Job Interview

Interview Tip #10: Don’t Appear Judgmental

Whilst going through the interview process, don´t appear judgmental as the candidate answers. This will ensure she is comfortable during the interview and a candidates who is comfortable with you will share more information about herself. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our new Facebook group. Got a childcare related question? Drop us a line at sitters (@) … Continue reading Interview Tip #10: Don’t Appear Judgmental

Interview Tip #8: Get the Candidates Perception

When questioning a candidate about her skills as an au pair, teacher, tutor or otherwise, ask questions that will give you insight to how the candidate perceives herself. Is she organized, efficient, creative, resourceful, independent? When she mentions a certain quality about herself, ask her to give examples of these skills. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our … Continue reading Interview Tip #8: Get the Candidates Perception

Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins

Many parents make the mistake of thinking that qualifications and experience can make up for a personality issue. Do not make this mistake. It is of the utmost importance that the candidate you choose be friendly, cheerful, genuine and sympathetic. While anyone can obtain a qualification or have years of experience, having the right personality cannot be learned or brought. If you really like a … Continue reading Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins

Interview Tip #3: Don’t Entertain Predictive Hearing

Often due to the personal nature of childcare placement, many moms and dads have a number of preconceived ideas regarding what to expect from candidates in an interview.  When you have an idea of what to expect in terms of answers from a candidate, this may influence how you phrase a question, and in turn how the candidate answers. It may also result in what I like … Continue reading Interview Tip #3: Don’t Entertain Predictive Hearing

Interview Tip #2: Familiarise Yourself

When interviewing a candidate, familiarise yourself with the candidates profile thoroughly before the interview.  Check that the information you have been provided with is up to date. Many candidates may have been interviewed years ago and may not have submitted their latest references.  Make sure to have a note pad nearby when you are busy with the review so that you can jot down any and … Continue reading Interview Tip #2: Familiarise Yourself