To ensure you get to know the au pair candidate as much as possible in a limited amount of time, here are some useful questions to ask:
PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER
Please tell me more about yourself and your family.
Have you been an au pair before?
Why do you want to become an au pair?
How would your closest friends describe you?
Do you practice any religion? If so what is it?
Do you smoke, have you ever smoked?
EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN
What do you enjoy most about working with children?
How do you handle a crying child? How do you feel at the time?
Have you ever been in an emergency situation? How did you handle it?
What do you think is your primary responsibility of my child’s age?
When you last cared for a child, what types of activities did you engage the child in?
How do you discipline a child?
Have you been to the UK before? When?
Do you have any friends or family in London or UK?
What types of things do you like to do in your free time?
Do you intend to take English classes when you come to the UK?
HOUSEHOLD RELATED QUESTIONS
What types of household chores are expected of you in your home?
What types of household chores would you expect to do in our home?
Do you have a specific diet or open to trying out different food?
What do you expect from us as a family when you come?
How long do you intend to be an au pair with us?
How much do you expect for pocket money?