So you’ve filled out your caregiver job application, handed it in, and great news – you got an interview! Now, don’t panic – we’ve got some tips to help you nail the interview and land the caregiver job!
Step One: Appearance
First impressions are a big deal, and guess what, before you can utter a single word, people can judge you by your appearance. Doesn’t matter if it’s morally (or legally) right or wrong – it just happens. So at your caregiver job interview, be sure that you look your best! Some general rules of thumb include wearing professional, non-wrinkled, modest clothing, keeping your hair neat, clean, and out of your face, and wearing professional footwear (no sandals, sneakers, or crocs).
Step Two: Arrive early
Account for all kinds of flukes, including traffic, accidents, getting lost, etc. If you get there ridiculously early, sit in your car until 15 minutes before your set interview time. At that point, go in and make yourself known to the receptionist or secretary. Be sure to be kind and professional with everyone you encounter!
Step Three: Answer the questions
You will undoubtedly be asked some hard interview questions. Typically, these are about your previous work experience, how you think it will apply to the job, your motivations for applying, and your professional skills and abilities. Search the internet for common interview questions and practice answering before the interview. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the question. Answer the questions directly and be as positive as possible! It might be a good idea to have a few questions of your own prepared if they ask. Some examples might be “What is your company’s mission statement?” or “What is the rate of turnover for CNA jobs here – I’m looking to work as a certified nursing assistant someplace long term?”
After your interview, be sure to thank them for their time. Some employers like to be called within 3-5 days after the interview. If you do decide to do this, introduce yourself again, thank them for the interview, ask if the position has been filled, and if it hasn’t, you can ask for a timeline regarding their decision.
If you follow these steps, the caregiver job is sure to be yours! Considering a career as a CNA? Read our blog to find out if you have what it takes - 4 Ways to Tell if You Can Handle a CNA Job.