If you are studying to be a certified nurse’s aide/assistant or CNA and you are preparing for your interview, congratulations. That means you have gotten to the point where you are qualified for an interview.
Pay close attention to the following questions as there is a good chance you will have to field them, or some variation of them, at your interview.
Why did you choose healthcare/to be a CNA?
It is very likely that your interview will be curious to know why you want to enter the field. Experts say now is a great time to start talking about the qualities that will make you good at your job — your desire to help people, your patience, your compassion, etc. If a friend or family member inspired you to get into healthcare, you can also talk about their role in decision.
What would you do if a patient falls?
Any potential employer will want to know how you handle tough situations and a patient falling can definitely be categorized as one of the toughest. You also have to have the physical strength to safely get the person back up or assess whether you need someone to help you, health experts advise.
What would you do with an agitated patient who refuses care?
Have an example of how you have handled or would handle a difficult situation with an uncooperative patient.
Do you prefer working alone or with a team?
This is a common question for just about any job interview. Even though you may secretly prefer working alone, remember that you will have a variety of health professionals with whom you will have to work in tandem. Here is where you would give examples of how you have fostered and nurtured effective working relationships to handle challenges.
How would you prioritize your patient’s needs?
Consider your training as well as your good judgment here. What critical issues do patients face and how do you navigate them?
What are your strongest skills? What are your weakest skills?
Again, this is not an uncommon questions for any interview. Remember to keep the qualities you list as strong or weak related to the job. When you give a weakness, always accompany it with a solution of how you handle it.
Tell us about an instance where you have had to show compassion.
Exhibiting patience, compassion and empathy are huge parts of any job working with people who are ill. Your prospective employer will want to hear how well you do in that area — and you should have examples to share with them.
Why should we hire you?
The interviewer wants to know why you will be a good fit for the team. They want to know how you will do your job effectively. Here is where you show that you have researched the company and how you can contribute your skills. Here is where you completely wow them with your character and dedication.
Once you have done that, experts advise, turn it back over the interviewer.
Now that you are so close to starting your new career, make sure you are prepared to master the interview.