The number of nursing homes is growing, and the population is getting older.

It takes only a few months to get a certification of a CNA, and one can find a meaningful purpose in this job. We can not wonder that many people decide to pursue this career.

But how to get this job in an interview? What questions will they ask you? And how to make a good impression on the interviewers? We will have a look at the topic right now.


Show enthusiasm in your interview

Everyone has a certification, and tit won’t guarantee you getting hired.

It is your enthusiasm for the role, your attitude to various work-related situations (they will question it with behavioral questions), your personality, and your willingness to accept their conditions (think night sifts) that decide whether they hire you.

Do you really want this job? Or do you apply just becasue you could not find anything better? Interviewers will always have this question on their mind…

Doctor helping the patientBehavioral and situational questions

We can certainly consider some duties of a CNA difficult. Helping seniors with their personal hygiene, changing diapers, dealing with angry patients and the patients who suffer from dementia is not easy.

The interviewers will ask you a couple of questions, trying to understand your attitude to these and other situations, and to assess your readiness for the job (for everything that belongs to it). These questions we call behavioral, or situational.

  • How do you feel about seeing someone dying in front of your eyes?
  • Are there any duties you are not willing to perform?
  • How do you feel about working late in the night? Do you have any experience with night shifts?
  • Do you have any experience with Alzheimer disease? How does it feel to work with people suffering from the disease?
  • Tell me about a time you had an argument with a patient.
  • How do you want to cope with a routine of this job?


Your answers should show them that you are ready to take care for all your duties, that you understand that they belong to the job of a CNA, and that we can not avoid them.


Other questions – testing your personality and availability

They will ask you some other questions  while trying to understand your motivation, why you applied for the job with them, when can you start working, etc.

  • Why do you want to work here, and not somewhere else?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • How would you describe a great colleague?
  • What are your expectations on then administrators of this place?
  • Why should we hire you and not one of the other job candidates?
  • When are you able to start?



CNA interview is relatively easy, becasue you won’t compete for the job with many other applicants (unless you apply for a position in a popular private nursing home, or center that offers better salaries and working conditions).

Still, you have to make a good impression on your interviewers, and convince them of your readiness for the job. If you would like to spend more time preparing for this interview, we recommend , a website that specializes only in CNA interviews.