Once you have passed your exam and are ready to start working as a CNA, you will have to find a company to work with. When you go out for an interview, you should know a few tips to help you get the job.
Confidence when interviewing for a job as a CNA is important because it shows you know what you’re doing. While this should not come off as arrogant, you want to be sure you show them what you know. It can be helpful to try meditation before an interview to settle your mind.
Stay Away From Scrubs
Even though you will wear your scrubs every day to work, you want to avoid them with the interview. Rather, wear something that shows your level of professionalism. A nice pair of slacks and dressy shirt or blouse is perfect for the interview.
Rehearse the Interview Beforehand
Take some time to think about how you will answer the questions you are asked. It is helpful to have someone go over the questions with you so you aren’t thrown off during the interview.
Think about how you handle patients, especially senile or angry ones, as this will more than likely be asked. You will probably also be asked how you would respond to a situation you did not know how to handle, so know your answer here as well.
Pay Attention to Body Language
Your posture, eye contact and hand gestures play into the interviewer’s opinion of you, which is why it’s important to keep them on track. Make sure you not only look professional but that your body language shows this as well.
Use Proper English
Weed out slang from your vocabulary during your interview. Practicing beforehand can also help you eliminate the words “like” and “um” as these are usually pause words. However, you do not want to try to use too much technical or medical jargon as this can come off as condescending.
Thank You Note
Another thing to remember is to send a thank you note after the interview. This is a great way to stand out among the other applicants.