As a CNA, you will play an integral role in the care of individuals who can no longer care for themselves on their own. As such, many CNA interview questions and answers are centered on your ability to remain compassionate, all the while providing the best care possible.
Why Do You Want to Work as a CNA?
This can certainly be a tricky question, but since you have already been through both classroom and practical training at this point, you should be aware of the reasons why you are interested in the position. It may be that one of your relatives received poor care at a nursing home facility and you want to change the dynamic. Conversely, it could be that you were impressed with the level of care a family member received. It could also simply be that you are interested in helping people who are unable to help themselves. In either case, be honest with your interviewer and never say you want the job for the money.
What about Your Personality will Help You Be a Great CNA?
In order to excel within your profession, there are several personality traits that should be either inherent or picked up very quickly as you work with your patients. Although it is tempting to tell your interviewer that you are “friendly, compassionate and good with people”, it is likely best if you tell a story that helps to get your point across. For instance, you might provide an experience that was particularly moving to you during your training and explain how your personality affected the decisions you made. Perhaps you picked up on a symptom or made friends with a resident. In either case, always let the best facets of your personality shine through.
Where Do You Want to Be in Two Years? Ten Years?
This question is very common in CNA interviews because so many people go on to become nurses or medical assistants. You should never tell your interviewer that you hope to no longer be a CNA in a few years; instead, say something along the lines of “I hope to gain several years of experience as a CNA so that I can better perform my duties as an LPN or RN when I return to school for my degree.” This will show your interviewer that you are loyal to your job and your patients, but it also shows that you have the drive and initiative to continue your studies and become an even stronger asset to your employer in the future.
Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
This question is also often asked during CNA interviews simply because your potential employer will want to gauge your loyalty. If you have CNA work experience, you should never take this time to belittle your previous employer or point out the bad things that caused you to seek employment elsewhere. Rather, simply state that you learned a lot from your previous employer, but you feel that your skills would be better utilized with the company for which you are interviewing. Conversely, if you do not have any CNA work experience, point this out to your interviewer and explain that you are eager to start your new career.
Your work as a CNA is not only important to your employer, but also to the residents with whom you will be working each day. As a result, your interviewer will be looking for you to prove your abilities as well as your desire to help the individuals in your care.