After your CNA training, if you haven’t already secured a position through your placement your next step will be to look for employment. We’ll be dealing with writing your certified nursing assistant resume in another post but the thing that can make or break your chances with a future employer is how you come across in a job interview.
Helpful Tips to Nail Your First Interview After CNA Training
What are some common interview questions and how should I respond to them?
- Why do you want this CNA position? – The employer is looking for some on who is looking for a long term position and someone who cares about the work they will be undertaking. Display your commitment and enthusiasm for the position in your response.
- What qualities make you a good CNA? – Communicate your empathy and ability to learn and follow directions. Take into consideration the qualities that you believe you possess that have helped you during your training and work experience.
- What do you believe is the most important aspect of patient care? – Always prioritize patient and staff safety as first. Employers need to hire someone who will look out for the best interests of their workplace, residents and themselves. Unsafe or hazardous behavior is the biggest threat to health care facilities nationwide.
- Why did you leave your last job? – Don’t lie, and don’t be flippant. Always express that the decision to leave did not come lightly and that the departure was amicable if possible.
What should I wear?
Dress smart office casual unless otherwise advised. Wear:
- Covered in shoes, made from sturdy material
- A practical pair of trousers or skirt
- A button up shirt or blouse
- A jacket if warm enough
Make sure your clothes are ironed if applicable and clean. If you have long hair, tie it back, ensure your nails are trimmed and clean and don’t wear too much make up or jewellery. Dress subtly and modestly. Remember different people have different sensitivities and moral values so ensure that you dress conservatively so as not to offend.
What should I bring?
Here are some commonly required items you will need to bring:
- Photo identification
- Your CNA certificate
- A copy of your resume
- A completed background check
- Your CPR certificate
- Any other relevant qualifications or letters of recommendation
5 Important things to remember from your CNA training
- Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
- Core skills assessed at the end of your CNA training
- The limits of your responsibilities as a CNA
- Documentation requirements
- CNA codes of conduct