With the recent boom of nursing homes and other care facilities, CNA has become a popular career choice. There are many reasons for that. First of all, it takes only a few months to get a certification of a CNA. The job has a meaningful purpose as well, and for some people who feel the calling to help the others, it is a great career to pursue.

But how to get this job in an interview?


Desire and motivation

Everyone can get a certification for a CNA, so having it will not help your chances to sign a job contract. It is the motivation and enthusiasm for the job that often decides it for one of the applicants, together with a fitting personality for the job, and a willingness to accept the conditions of the job (think night sifts for example)

Do you apply for this job because you really want to do it? Can the interviewer feel that attitude from your words? If they do feel it, your chances of getting hired will be good.


Doctor helping the patientBehavioral questions

Many of us will find some tasks of nursing assistants extremely difficult to handle. Helping seniors with their personal hygiene, changing diapers, dealing with angry patients or those who suffer from dementia, etc.

The interviewers will ask you a couple of questions, to assess your readiness for the tasks this job presents on a daily basis.

  • 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?

Try to show them that you are not afraid of taking care of the unpleasant duties, but at the same time show on the positive aspects of the job, and the meaningful purpose it has.


Other questions

They will ask you some other questions as well, trying to understand better your motivation, why you picked their institution, etc.

  • Why do you want to work here, and not somewhere else?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • How would you describe an ideal colleague?
  • Why should we hire you and not one of the other job candidates?


If you would like to see a longer list of questions and sample answers, we recommend http://cnainterviewquestions.com.

InterviewPenguin.com wishes you good luck in your interview!