If you want to land a CNA job, you will have to be dedicated and willing to work hard to reach your goal. After you have completed training and passed your final exams, you will be ready to search for employment.
You may not be able to find a job as quickly as you would like after earning your degree. You can improve your chances of finding employment as soon as possible by taking several steps. One of the first things you should do is polish up on your interviewing skills, so you look and act professional and knowledgeable throughout the process.
Many people lack self-confidence when they first start looking for a new job. Interviewers like to see applicants who are sure of themselves and confident in their answers to the questions.
Let the interviewer know what your strengths are and how you can contribute to the company, but do so in a way that does not make you come across as arrogant.
Make sure you dress appropriately for every interview. Your day-to-day clothes will be scrubs, but you should dress in a professional manner when you are asked to interview. A nice blouse and dress pants will make a great first impression.
Prepare for your interview ahead of time. Have someone conduct a mock interview with you at home, so your answers come naturally. Try to determine what types of questions the interview will ask and prepare knowledgeable answers. This will make you sound like you know what you are talking about rather than just making it up as you go along.
You should be prepared to explain how you would deal with a difficult patient. CNAs are often faced with this situation, and many interviewers will pose this type of hypothetical question to assess a potential employee’s readiness.
Use good grammar and be aware of body language. Look the interviewer in the eyes to show you are interested in the exchange. Sit up straight and avoid slouching because it makes you look lazy.
Do not use slang expressions and avoid sounds and words that make it sound as if you are stalling for time to answer the question. Avoid saying, “like,” “you know” and “um.” After the interview, thank the interviewer and send a handwritten thank you note as a follow-up.