sábado, 1 de outubro de 2011

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Olá!
Já que infelizmente estou sem novidades, resolvi fazer um post utilidade publica. Eu leio um zilhão de blogs, a uns dois anos, e nesse tempo eu fui salvando tudo de bacana que via. Dai resolvi fazer uma compilação de todas as possíveis perguntas que as host families podem nos fazer que ja vi por ai e uma forma deles avaliarem nosso application (o que foi ótimo para eu prestar mais atenção ao que estava escrevendo). Tudo tirado de vários posts do aupairmom (que alias, vale super a pena ser lido de cabo a rabo, principalmente os comentários, que são a essência do blog) e de outros inúmeros blogs por ai.

Ai vai:


Au Pair Interview questions and Application Evaluation

1. Competency – learned by reviewing application
2. Character – learned by asking key questions
3. Chemistry – learned through skype/webcam session


1. Competency

Review childcare experience:
  •  Daycare? Siblings? Babysitting? Nanny? Full Time? Part-time?
References:
  • Teacher? Employer? Family Friend? Friend?
Employment Experience:
  • Has a job? Has held a paying job before?
Education:
  • College? Just high school? Special training (camp counselor, soccer coach)?
Photographs:
  • Pictures of family? Pictures of babies? No pictures of friends? Pictures of him/her swigging from a beer bottle?
Family:
  • What do the parents do for a living? Does the mother work? Are they educators or professionals (medical, lawyer etc)?
  • How many siblings are there? Are the siblings younger or older? Much younger or older?
  • History of divorce, family trauma?
Essay:
  • Does the essay talk a lot about travel and social activities or does it focus on family and caring for children?
Diet:
  • Does the applicant have dietary restrictions? Any foods she will not prepare?
Religion?

2. Character

Myself, family and friends (personality, character, habits)
  • What values did you parents teach you as being most important in life?
  • What three adjectives would your friends use to describe you?
  • How are your relationship with your family and friends?
  • Are you close with your siblings?
  • How did you hear about the program and who suggested that you become an aupair ?
  • Do you have relatives in the US? Do you know anyone in the US?
  • Is religion important to you?
  • Are you a morning person? Are you able to start your day early?
  • What is your favorite time in the day and why?
  • Do you have a housekeeper? Do you have duties at home? Please explain what your duties are
  • Have you had a job before? Tell us about your job: what you did? What where the challenges? What did you like? How long did you work there? Why did you quit?
  • How do you handle conflict with your parents?
  • How do you like to keep your room at home?
  • What is your biggest strength/weakness?
  • What is your biggest concern or fear about becoming an au pair?
  • Why do you want to come to the USA and what are your plans when you go back to your home country?
  • Do you have a maid at home?
  • What are your expectations for the home that you will live in as an au pair? Will you be uncomfortable if the home is not perfectly clean at all times?
  • Have you had any prior lengthy illnesses?
  • How much sleep do you need to feel rested?
  • How do you plan to spend your time when you’re not working?
  • What is your best and worst memory of your family life?
  • Do you want to be like a roommate or do you want to be like a member of the host family? A roommate socializes outside of the home most nights and weekend with friends. A member of the family eats dinner at home each night and spends time at home on the weekends and watches movies with the host family in the evening.
  • How do you make friends?
  • Do you enjoy playing with dogs and are you comfortable with them?
  • What do you think is most exciting thing about coming to the US as an au pair?
  • What are you looking for in a host family? What are your expectations?
  •  What do you like most about yourself?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite holiday and why?
  •  What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Where and what do you usually do with your friends?
  •  What are the people you like the most and why?
  • Do you have curfew at your house? At what time?
  • What do you think is the most important responsibility of your job as an au pair?
  • Why do you think you will be happy with us?
  • How will you ensure to achieve your goals?
  •  Who is your role model and why?
  • What do you dislike the most?
  • What makes you uncomfortable? 
  • What makes you laugh? 
  • What would you like to share with your dearest friends?
Childcare experience
  • If the baby is crying and hurt, the 3 and the 4 year old are fighting and the doorbell rings – how would you handle that situation?
  • The child you are looking after is just learning to walk. She is walking on a concrete sidewalk and falls forward and hits her head. Her head is cut and bleeding heavily. She is crying hysterically and is very upset because she is in pain and is scared. How do you handle this?
  • Have you ever clipped a baby’s fingernails or toenails?
  • What age children do you prefer to take care of?
  • What kind of role do you want to have with the children? A playmate? A teacher? A parent? How would you go about these roles?
  • How do you envision your day taking care of our kids?
  • What type of children personality do you enjoy or connect with?
  • What do you think children like about you?
  • How do you approach children and get them comfortable?
  •  Tell me a situation when you had to ask for help with a child in your care
  • Do you want to have children in the future? What activities would you do with our children?
  • What do you like most about taking care of toddlers?
  • What kind of activities would you like to plan with toddlers?
  •  Children do not always listen to their parents or their au pair. What will you do if my child just won¹t listen to you?
  •  What do you think my kids most need from their au pair?
Driving experience
  • How long have you driven?
  • In whose car did you practice for your DL exam?
  • When did you start practicing for your DL exam?
  • When does your driving license expire?
  • What kind of roads do you typically drive on?
  • Do you have experience driving in heavy traffic?
  • Do you own your own car?
  • Does your family own a car?
  • Do you drive often, how often?
  • Have you ever driven alone in a car? How often do you do this?
  • Are you OK driving long distances to travel?
  • What kind of cars have you driven?
  • Have you ever driven a “minivan” or “van” or “SUV” type of car?
  • Do you usually drive an automatic transmission or manual transmission?
  • Have you ever driven a manual transmission (“Stick shift”) car?
  • Have you ever driven with children in the car?
  • What is the furthest distance you have ever driven?
  • What kind of bad weather have you driven in? (snow? heavy rain?)
  • Have you ever driven on icy roads?
  • Have you ever used a GPS?
  • When you need to figure out how to drive to somewhere, how do you get directions?
  • Have you ever gotten lost while driving? If so, what did you do?
  • Have you driven with friends?
  • Have you ever been on a road trip with a friend?
  • What is your best driving habit?
  • What is your worst driving habit?
  • Have you driven at night?
  • How often do you drive at night?
  • How is driving at nighttime different from driving during the daytime?
  • Do your mother and/or father have driving licenses?
  • Do your siblings (if any) have driving licenses?
  • Have you looked at the X State Driving license website that I sent you?
  • Do you understand the kind of questions that will be on the written test?
  • What are the usual speed limits on the roads you drive on?
  • Is it typical, or the law, in your country to use seatbelts?
  • How often do you wear a seatbelt when driving?
  • Do passengers in your car wear seatbelts?
  • What do you do if a passenger in your car does not want to wear a seatbelt?
  • Is it typical in your country/town to use “car seats” (baby and child restraint seats) for children?
  • Have you ever put a child in a car seat?
  • What would you do if you were driving with a child and the child unbuckled its seatbelt or got out of the child car seat?
  • Is it illegal in your country to drink alcohol and drive a car?
 Bom, pra quem teve paciência de ler até aqui, parabéns! Eu resolvi imprimi isso tudo, que ai eu leio com cuidado e penso nas respostas, não para decorar ou mentir, mas pra não ser tão pega de surpresa. Claro que não é tudo, mas ja ajuda. :)

Essa semana eu volto com as perguntas que a gente pode e deve fazer para as families, que eu tambem vou fazer essa compilação.

Beijoos

  

2 comentários:

Mandy Anita disse...

Oie Anna
Esse post e muito valido, ja cancei de passar vergonha em entrevista com host family rsrss...
Bjs

Anna disse...

Olá Mandy! Muito obrigada, tambem acho muito valido, porque nem sempre a gente consegue pensar em ingles exatamente o que a gente quer responder, dai é bom dar uma pensada antes né?!

Obrigada pela visita, sempre leio seu Blog! :)