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CNA Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts

There are many advancement opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants with proper training. These include roles of Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Nursing Home Administrators and Geriatric Care Managers.

Career as a Certified Nursing Assistant can be very rewarding. CNAs are in high demand in the healthcare industry and finding employment isn’t tough if you have the right skills and professional approach. You also don’t need a medical degree to become a CNA and need undergo 4 to 6 weeks of training followed your state’s CNA certification exam. Once you have successfully cleared this examination, it is time for you to look for jobs. Whether you are fresh out of training or a seasoned CNA you need to take your interview seriously and impress the interviewer. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for your CNA job interview.

Do’s

• Study about the role you have applied for, the institute you are applying to. This would help you answer a few initial questions in the interview confidently.
• Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion and never put on revealing clothes. Your hair should be neatly done and you should limit the amount of jewelry and other accessories.
• As a fresher it would be wise to carry out a mock interview with your friend or another CNA aspirant. This helps improve your confidence levels and also identify your flaws.
• Review your resume well and be prepared to answer questions that come straight out of your resume. This may include questions on your career objectives, personality traits and previous job experience. Be articulate and always smile in between as this helps strike the right chord with the interviewer.
• Let the interviewer know what you can offer to the job and the organization. There may be several candidates for the post and you need showcase your confidence, skills and training.
• Greet and say goodbye to the interviewer properly. This can cast a good impression and also show your confidence.

Don’ts

• Don’t fake anything on your resume. You not only risk being caught but that can also invite criminal proceedings against you.
• Never arrive late for the interview and always try and reach the venue 30 minutes in advance. A nursing aide cannot afford to be late as this may be the difference between life and death.
• Don’t beat around the bush while answering questions and be precise with your answers. Never make up on subjects that you have no idea on and rather offer an apology to the interviewer.
• Organizational policies and rules are sacred to every organization and you should never criticize them in your first interview no matter how much you dislike them.

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