Tips for Answering Questions on a CNA Job Interview
Have you recently completed your CNA training and are now looking for a job? Do you find the prospect of going to interviews somewhat frightening? If this sounds like you, you're not alone. Going to a job interview is a terrifying experience for many people, especially if they've never done it before.
But truth be told there really is no reason to be nervous. If you stop and think about it, the employer needs you just as much as you need them. With the right answers and a good attitude, you can convince just about any employer that you are the right candidate. Here are some tips to help you answer questions during a job interview.
Be Confident - If you've made it as far as the interview that means you've already completed your training and passed the licensing exam. You have the knowledge and demonstrated skill to perform your job well, so there's no reason to doubt yourself. If you display confidence when answering questions asked of you that will go a long way toward landing you the job. Remember, you're trying to convince them you are the best candidate.
Be Articulate - Proper diction and articulation are vital in convincing the interviewer that you are a person suitable for a CNA position. If you have trouble communicating in the interview you've already planted the suspicion in the interviewer's mind that you won't be able to successfully communicate on the job. This is serious because an inability to communicate could cause serious harm to a patient. Before your interview take a few weeks to practice speaking clearly and articulately. Ask friends and family members to critique your speech and give you helpful suggestions.
Stay Away from Slang - Slang words may be acceptable in normal day-to-day conversation, but they have no place in a job interview. When you use too much slang you give the impression that you lack intelligence, motivation, and self-respect. Whether or not it's true, that's impression others will have of you. Make sure you use all the proper terminology you learned in your training coupled with correct grammar and pronunciation.
Ask Yourself Questions - In the days leading up to your interview start asking yourself questions you think you might hear. In other words, if you were the interviewer what would you want to know about the applicant? If you can think of some of these questions ahead of time you'll be better prepared to give appropriate answers. We've listed below some of the more common questions you're likely to hear during your interview. Keep in mind that this is not an all inclusive list; there are probably some we've not included here that you will be asked.
- Please tell me a little bit about yourself.
- Why have you chosen to pursue a career as a CNA?
- Why did you choose our facility to apply with?
- What do you already know about our facility?
- What do you think are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- What makes you a better candidate than the others we will interview?
- Where do you see yourself and your career five years from now?