This is an excerpt from a Comprehensive Caregiver and C.N.A. Interview Guide.
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Now that you have an interview set up, you’re probably wondering what some common interview questions for caregivers are. Jump over to our Interview Guide and let’s take a look at three toughies and how to answer them:
1) Tell me about yourself.
This one often throws people for a loop, but it’s actually one of the easiest interview questions for caregivers. The key is to stay focused on the caregiver job that you’re applying for. This is the perfect opportunity to say why you want to be a caregiver, what you love about working homecare jobs, how long you have been in this industry, and any relevant education. Avoid talking about your personal life since it doesn’t pertain to the job.
2) Why do you want to work at this specific home care agency?
Preparation comes in handy when answering those tricky interview questions for caregivers. Do a little research about the home care agency where you’re applying. What draws you to this specific agency (other than they are hiring—don’t mention that!) and what makes it desirable over other places? Maybe your grandmother was a client there or their mission statement stands out. Hiring managers love to see caregiver applicants who are interested, so show that you are looking for more than a job.
3) Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult client.
Behavioral questions are always the hardest interview questions for caregivers, since they require you to recall a past experience. Be prepared to share a story that highlights your problem solving and customer service skills—attributes that will be helpful for your next caregiver job. Remember to stay focused and don’t ramble; you story should have a beginning, middle and end.
Need more examples of common interview questions for caregivers? Check out more questions and sample answers in our e-book, “The Untold Caregiver and CNA Interview Guide,” which is part of myCNAjobs.com’s caregiver training packages.
What’s the toughest question you’ve ever been asked during your caregiving career?