As you probably already know it is important that you give a good impression at the interview. If you have a video conversation with the family, ensure that your internet connection is good prior to the interview and be ready on time. Remember, the interview should be a nice conversation so try to be relaxed and positive. Don't forget to smile! :) If you have something to say that you are less proud of, always end it on a positive note. Also, if the children are there, interact with them and ask questions about their likes and dislikes.
It is important to convince yourself that the host family you are considering is the right match for you. You are interviewing them too after all. To help you, here are 10 questions you could use:
1. FAMILY’S ROUTINE
What are you like as a family? What are your hobbies?
2. ABOUT CHILDREN
What activities the children enjoy? What they like to eat and what they don’t? Do they require any regular medication or special needs that you need to be aware of?
3. YOUR DUTIES
What will be my duties? What activities will I be required to take the children to? What is the requirement about babysitting?
What is your approach to disciplining your children? What would you like I am with them?
5. HOUSE RULES
Are there any house rules I would need to be aware of? (for example: no shoes in the house, phone use, kosher, diet food, religious beliefs)
6. HOURS OF WORK/PAYMENT/HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT
How many hours per week are you expecting from me to work? Will I need to work over the weekend sometimes? What will be the payment?
What meals will you need to prepare for the children? Can you eat with children or you shall wait until the children are in bed and eat by yourself?
What will be my room like? What furnishings will be supplied? Can you use the house internet connection?
9. LANGUAGE COURSE
Are there any English courses nearby?
10. FINAL QUESTION
When you think you will be able to decide on your application?
You can print these questions and have them in front of you during the interview. With that, you show that you have prepared yourself and most importantly, that you care and you are really interested in the role.