How to Prep for a CNA Interview
Updated: Sep 9, 2022
Nice going! You've decided to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). You've chosen a Nursing School, some of you right here with us at the Nurse Resource Training Center, and now you've landed your first interview. A CNA interview will focus on your strengths, weaknesses, ability to overcome challenges, personality, and what makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates. Taking time to prepare for an interview helps you deal with the stress that comes from wanting to make a great impression, and it also gives you a better chance of landing the job.
Have you ever experienced a time when, during an interview, where you stumbled over our words because you were not as prepared as you thought we were? Taking a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the common questions is important. Besides, the more prepared you are, the less likely you are to deal with nervousness and anxiety. So even if you're asked something unexpected, you'll be able to answer quickly and confidently.
A Few Things to Remember for Your Big Day
1. Presentation Counts. Decide what you're going to wear before the day of your interview.
2. On the morning of, review your answers to your list of possible interview questions, check your list of questions for the company, and familiarize yourself with the individual(s) conducting the interview.
3. Research the facility. Make sure you are familiar with the location's distance, parking rules and regulations, and the site location.
4. Arrive on time.
5. Don't forget to bring all of the requested documents.
6. Keep it Professional.
7. YOU GOT THIS!
Common CNA Interview Questions
1. Tell us more about yourself. Share relevant work experience, accomplishments, and why you want the position. This is the time to put your best foot forward; however, keep in mind that the answer sets the tone for the rest of the interview.
2. What is your reason for becoming a CNA? This is an opportunity to share your knowledge about being a CNA and how you can contribute to the company if selected for the role.
3. Tell us about a time when you've had to do something challenging and how you handle that. This allows the interviewer to see how you handle conflict and challenges. Be yourself. There is no wrong answer.
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how do you feel they can help or hinder you as a CNA? You can share what you're good at when answering this question, such as organization skills, attention to detail, communication skills, collaboration, a strong work ethic, and more. When sharing your weaknesses, focus on the ones you can turn into positives.
5. What is one area you are working hard to improve on, and how can I help? When answering this question, you can choose something you're already good at; however, trying to improve. This is also your chance to see if the organization has the adequate tools to help you.
6. As a CNA, what do you bring to the company that sets you apart from others? Here you can share what makes you a better candidate and why you believe the position is right for you.
7. There might be questions about the daily task, such as, how would you handle it if a patient refused care? Answering this question allows you to show the ways you handle conflict in ways that help both you and the patient. You should have a few solutions.
8. What do you find to be the most challenging in this position? When answering this question, you'll want to focus on the position description and tasks that may be the most difficult for you based on your past experiences and some of the ones you feel may require learning or adjustments.
9. Where do you see yourself in five years? The answer to this question should show that you're looking to stay long-term.
10. Lastly, you may be asked if you have questions about the position or company or what you are seeking from the position? Asking questions shows you are interested in the role and an opportunity to learn about the company's work culture. Do not ask about benefits, vacations, days off, etc. You ask these questions after an offer is made.
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