The interview with the host family is one of the key points before starting the au pair experience. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to check if the host family is a good match for you and meets the requirements you are looking for.
Before you arrange a Skype or face-to-face interview, you can also ask them the questions you consider most relevant to rule them out or go ahead with the interview.
Questions to ask your future host family during the interview
Many of the questions you will see below will be answered by the host family without you having to ask them.
My advice, however, is to ask everything that comes to mind. It may seem like the stupidest thing in the world. But there are families who are not willing to adapt to your tastes when it comes to food, who have restricted access to Wifi (or no Wifi at all) or who won’t let you spend a night away from home.
1. How many hours I will work per week?
2. Which will be my free time? Do I have to work weekends?
3. If you need me to work extra hours, how much are you willing to pay for them?
4. Which will be my timetable? Should I wake up the children in the morning? At what time does my work begin and finish?
5- Do I have to drive? Could I use the car in my free time?
6- What do you expect from the au pair?
7- How is the au pair room? Do I have my own bathroom?
I advise you to ask them for photographs, or during the interview to show you the bedroom.
8- What will be my pocket money? Will I received it weekly or monthly? Which day I will received my pocket money?
As a general rule, it is usually paid on a weekly basis, and on Fridays or Sundays.
9- Do you provide me any language course, gym membership or travel card?
10- Are any language school near your home? –
11- Will I have access to the internet at home? Is there any restriction with it?
12- What will be my main duties? What kind of housework will I have to do?
13- Could I invite friends or family to visit me? –
14- Could I travel or stay at friends on weekends? –
15- Is any train or bus near home?
If you live in a village, make sure you have transport to get to nearby places. In countries such as Ireland, many au pairs need to be dropped off and picked up by their host families due to the lack of transport.
16- Pregunta sobre la comida.
I don’t know how to ask this question because you should discuss it more with the family, once they have told you what kind of diet they follow. All my families asked me about my tastes at breakfast, lunch and dinner in order to buy things that I would like, and that they might not eat.
But there are families who don’t.
17- Are there any au pairs in the area?
Questions about the family
1 – Why do you want to have an au pair?
2- Do you spend time on family?
3- What do you usually do on weekends? Do you expect the au pair to be part of them?
4- How is one day in your family?
5- What type of food do you eat? Do you follow any diet in particulary?
6- Do you have pets? Do I have to look after them?
7- Do you work from home?
Questions about the kids
1- What is the name of the kids? How old are them? –
2- What do they like to do? What are their hobbies? What kind of activities do you like me to do with them? Could we go to the park, museum?
3- Is there any playground near your house?
4- How are their personalities?
5- Do they have any health problem or food allergy?