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STRUCTURED INTERVIEW

It is necessary that each au pair applicant be interviewed in person by an authorized AuPairCare representative.
The interview should last 1-2 hours and must be conducted in English. Applicant responses should be recorded by
the interviewer on this form.

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Au Pair Applicants Name Date of Interview

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Interviewers Name Interviewers Phone Number

Tip: The following is designed to be read as a script for the interviewer; however, word substitutions may be
made for the purpose of better comprehension for the au pair. We also suggest that you explain to the au pair
that there is no right or wrong answer, and that they should take their time to respond honestly and as completely
as possible.

We Want to Know More About You!

1. Why did you decide to become an au pair? ___________________________________________________


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2. What characteristics or skills do you feel are most important to have in order to be a successful au
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3. Have you ever traveled far from home without your family and friends? Yes No
(If yes) Where did you go? ____________________ How long were you there? ____________________
What was the purpose of this visit? __________________________________________________________
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4. Have you ever visited an English speaking country? Yes No


(If yes) Which country did you visit? __________________ How long were you there? ____________
What was the purpose of this visit? __________________________________________________________
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5. Have you discussed your decision to spend a year abroad with your family? Yes No
(If no) Why not? ___________________________________________________________________________
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Lets Talk About Host Family Life

6. Do you live with your family? Yes No


(If yes) What are your responsibilities around the home (laundry, cooking, cleaning dishes, etc.)?____
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7. What types of rules do you think you will have living with your host family (a curfew, no drinking, loud
music, cleaning up after yourself, etc.)? _____________________________________________________
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8. How do you envision the typical American family (lifestyle, personality, busy, two-parent family,
suburban house, etc.)? ____________________________________________________________________
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9. Describe your ideal host family. How do you see yourself fitting into their lifestyle? ________________
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10. Are you concerned about driving in the United States? Yes No (If yes) Please explain:
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11. How are you preparing yourself to drive in the United States? ___________________________________
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12. Have you ever had a full-time job? Yes No (If yes) What was your position? __________________
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13. Please describe what you imagine your typical au pair schedule will be like (i.e. wake children up in
the morning, make them breakfast, etc.) ____________________________________________________
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Situational Questions What would you do?

14. If you were at the park with your host child, and he/she fell off the swing and seriously hurt
themselves, what would you do? ____________________________________________________________
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15. What would you do if you were placed with a host family and you did not agree with their discipline
style? ___________________________________________________________________________________
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16. How would you handle a disagreement with your host family? ___________________________________
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17. If two young host children were fighting over a toy, how would you handle the situation?
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18. What would you do if you were driving and one of your host children took off their seatbelt?
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19. Most au pairs feel homesick at some point during their program. What will you do to help yourself feel
at home while you are in the United States? __________________________________________________
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20. Besides homesickness, what other challenges do you think you will have as an au pair and how will you
overcome them? __________________________________________________________________________
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Au Pair Agreement and Matching Expectations

21. Are you willing to match with a family of a different ethnicity than your own? Yes No
(If no) Why not? __________________________________________________________________________
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22. Are you willing to match with a family who practices a different religion than you?
Yes No (If no) Why not?
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23. Are you willing to live in any geographic location in the US? Yes No
(If no) Why not? ___________________________________________________________________________
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24. Do you understand that your application WILL BE cancelled by AuPairCare if we determine that you
are not performing well in the matching process (i.e. turning down reasonable host family match
offers, unreachable for interviews, etc.) ? Yes No

25. Do you understand that if you cancel from the program after matching with a host family, but prior to
arriving to the U.S. you WILL BE responsible for a $300 cancellation fee, and the cost of your
international and domestic airfare? Yes No

26. Do you understand that if you cancel from the program before matching with a host family, but prior
to arriving to the U.S. you WILL NOT have to pay the $300 cancellation fee? Yes No

27. Do you understand that if you do not successfully complete your program year in the U.S. you WILL BE
responsible for your own return travel expenses? Yes No

28. Do you understand that pre-existing medical conditions WILL NOT be covered by the third-party travel
insurance provided to you during your program year? Yes No

29. Do you have any questions about the Au Pair Agreement you signed? Yes No
(If yes) Please provide details of their questions and the feedback provided to them: _______________
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30. Is there any other information you feel is important or useful for us to know prior to placing you with a
host family? Yes No (If yes) Please provide details of their feedback: ______________________
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