A CNA interview can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. One of the most important things to remember is to give honest and complete answers. This gives the interviewer a chance to get to know all about you.
CNAs may be asked many questions on the interview. It is always best to be as prepared as possible. Some the more frequently asked questions and answers for CNAs on an interview may include:
What are your career goals?
Do you plan on staying a certified nursing assistant, or do you have plans on returning to school.
Why did you leave your last job?
Did you have to travel a long distance? Was the job too demanding?
Why are there gaps in your employment?
Did you take time off to take care of children, or maybe a sick relative.
Why do you want to employed with our company?
Did you hear from other employees that the company was a great place to work? Do you know a resident at the facility and feel that the staff took great care of them?
CNAs preparing to go on a job interview must present a good image. You should arrive on time early if possible, dress appropriately, and make good eye contact.
You will often be asked about your skill set. The skills that you were taught during your nurse aide training. Which skills you are able to perform and which skills you were not taught.
Once your interview is over there may be questions you will want to ask the interviewer. Some of the questions you may want to ask include:
Can I have a tour of the facility?
This is a great time to talk with the staff and ask questions. What do they like about working for the company? What don’t they like about working for the company?
Do you offer a career ladder program?
If they offer a career ladder program this is your chance to find out more. Do you have to work for the company a set period of time? Is there a seniority involved?
How is pay based?
- Ex. Years of experience or time employed at company
- Is every CNA started at the same pay or do they base pay on number of years experience?
After the interview you may be offered the job on the spot or you may be told of an expected time frame to hear back from them. Only accept the job that you feel that is best for you.
When accepting a job you must first agree on and get in writing
Remember when being interviewed that is also your time to learn more about the company.