Hard work and determination go into the preparation for becoming a CNA. Once that work is finished, and the exams are completed with passing grades, you are ready to join the work force as a CNA.
However, it may be a bit difficult to find a job as soon as you get your degree. There are things you can do to help improve your chances of getting hired and beginning your new career as quickly as possible. The first step is being prepared and presenting a professional, knowledgeable interview for a potential employer.
Self-confidence is a trait that many individuals may lack when beginning a new job search. However, potential employers pick up on this and appreciate an individual who exudes confidence in themselves.
While steering clear of blatant arrogance, you should present yourself as someone who knows exactly what they are doing and what you can specifically bring to the table for the employer.
Always dress appropriately for an interview. Even though your work attire will consist of scrubs from day to day, you should dress in a professional way for the initial meeting with the interviewer. Dress pants and a nice blouse work great.
Being prepared for the interview encompasses several things. You need to be well rehearsed, in other words, go through a mock interview at home. Take the time to think about questions you may be asked and have knowledgeable answers prepared. This way, you will not seem like you are just making up things to say during the process.
Think about the way you may potentially handle aggressive or difficult patients. As a CNA, you will be expected to handle these situations and will probably be asked about such circumstances by the employer.
Use proper language and pay attention to body language throughout the process. Make eye contact, as it shows respect and true interest in the conversation. Maintain good posture, do not slouch.
Also, avoid using slang or words that elude to the fact that you may be stumped during questions. Examples would be things like “um”, “like” and “I don’t really know.” Thank the interviewer and always follow up by sending a thank you note.