After acing the CNA State Exam and completing the necessary requirements, you are now ready to practice what you’ve learned and worked hard for. It’s now high time to scout for that dream CNA job that will not only fulfill your mission of serving humanity, but a career that will likewise pay your bills and feed you.
Every fresh graduate, and even those who are looking for a new job, normally finds it nerve-wracking to sit in for an interview. Thus, to make sure the interview goes well even for a first-timer, it is important to keep in mind some useful tips on the interview process, which includes sufficient preparation and a lot of confidence.
The first tip is to prepare for the interview by anticipating questions. Since all institutions prefer someone who is genuinely interested in working with them, one must do his own assignment: research. Find out about the institution’s background, vision and mission, and statement of principles. That way, you will be able to figure out what you can contribute to the institution, and whether you would adapt to their working environment. It is also important to gather information on the position you are applying for, which includes the specific responsibilities and the experience needed for them to evaluate how you qualify. That way, you will already have potential answers to questions like “Why should we hire you?” Most importantly, anticipate questions or clarifications related to what you’ve written on your resume and application letter. The art of preparation, however, is not aimed at coming up with rehearsed answers but rather, well-thought ones.
The second tip revolves around what to do and what not to do during the interview itself. Among other important things, punctuality is crucial. It is thus best to arrive around 10 minutes before your scheduled time, so as not to make negative impressions. Certainly, first impressions still make or break an interview; hence, it will also be better to come in decent semi-formal attire, which shows a degree of professionalism and good taste. Make sure you also have a copy of your resume/application letter with you in case of emergency. Courtesy and good manners are also a must—always remember basic greetings and, if possible, shake hands with the interviewer before and after the interview.
Listen well, avoid distractions and interrupting the interviewer, and answer concisely and honestly. One must remember that the most important thing to bring is confidence—be spontaneous, but allow yourself to think before you talk, and leave a remarkable impression. It might also be good to note that while the interview is a measure to get to know more about you, you should also not forget that this is also a chance for you to get to know about them. Ask questions at the right time, and clarify your doubts—show your interest in the institution and do not be afraid to ask about the work schedule, the work load/arrangement, and the salary and benefits.
When the interview is done, make sure to thank the interviewer. Let them know that you are seriously interested in the job or the institution by asking them when you will be contacted for the results. Should they not call you back within the intended time, you may follow them up. Keep in mind though that interviews are normally structured differently depending on the institution or interviewer, so also make space for unexpected questions or procedures. At the end of the day, what is important is to prepare for what you can, and win them over with your confidence and grace!