So, you’ve studied hard, trained, and passed the exam. You are now a Certified Nursing Assistant. Congrats! But there’s still another major hurdle to overcome before beginning your career as a CNA: landing the job. So, to further help you on your journey to becoming a CNA, we’re covering some major Do’s and Don’ts for the job interview process. After all, making a good impression with employers in a job interview is almost as important as having the necessary qualifications.
Nailing the interview process is important, especially for a CNA because you may find that you have to interview a number of times throughout the course of your career.
-Do dress the part. The way you present yourself is paramount. You’ll be responsible for the health of your patients so it’s important that you look clean (i.e. hair, fingernails, clothing) in order to make a good impression.
-Do arrive early. Punctuality is always a good quality to show a potential employer. As a CNA, there are often times when you must adhere to strict patient schedules so showing good time management skills can go a long way.
-Familiarize yourself with potential interview questions. This will show a level of initiative and preparedness that is sure to impress. It’s also a good idea to come to an interview with a few questions of your own in mind. This shows that you are motivated and passionate about finding a suitable work situation.
-Do research and gain a level of understanding in regards to the establishment your are interviewing with. Know their needs, specialties, types of patients, etc. Also be sure to know who you will be interviewing with.
-Do come prepared with a current resume, CNA certificate, and references from past patients and employees (if applicable).
-Do follow up with an email thanking the interviewer for their time and consideration.
-Don’t dress too casual or wear any revealing clothing. Avoid wearing to much jewelry and consider pulling any long hair back so as not to hide your face.
-Don’t arrive late. This will give potential employers a bad impression and will most likely leave you flustered and anxious, making the interview process all the more difficult.
-Don’t ‘wing it’. There are plenty of great resources online that offer typical interview questions. Give yourself the upper hand and peace of mind by coming prepared.
-Don’t treat all potential employers the same. There are many different types of healthcare facilities you could find yourself working in, each with their own unique characteristics. Knowing these distinctions can greatly appeal to potential employers.
-Don’t show up without a resume and other necessary documents. These articles are essential for employers to determine whether you are qualified and a good fit for the position.
-Don’t forget to say thank you!
Hopefully, when equipped with the proper credentials and these helpful tips, you’ll soon be on your way to successfully pursuing your new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
And if you have not yet passed the CNA certification, make sure to check out the great resources offered by Gabriel Health Institute.
Contact us today at 407-777-9778 or info@GabrielHealth.org for more information on GHI’s fast track CNA programs.
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