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How to Prepare for Interviews in Healthcare

November 09th 2020

When preparing for a healthcare interview there are few things that can make all the difference. We strive to employ committed, caring staff members in our care homes so often the interview stage is where we get to know our applicants. Whether you are preparing for a care assistant interview, a nurse interview or any other sort of healthcare interview, we have pulled together some top tips for preparing for interviews in healthcare based on our own care home interview tips to help you put your best foot forward why applying for a job in healthcare with some example care home interview questions to help you prepare.


Be Honest When Answering Care Home Interview Questions

Whilst we know you will want to impress, being completely honest about your experience is incredibly important when answering nursing interview questions or care assistant interview questions. Your employer will want to know exactly how much experience you have in order to know what sort of situations you are already capable of handling. Our care home residents are the most important thing at our UK care homes so their care is top priority. We ensure a high level training for every staff member so being honest in your interview can help us provide the right training for you from the off.


Look Smart and Prepare for the Interview

Whatever role you are applying for at our care homes or elsewhere it is important to always look professional in your clothing and appearance. A good first impression is a good way to impress your potential employer before you even sit down to interview and can show you are committed to the role enough to make an effort. Preparing for your healthcare interview is also important. Do your research into the care home to find out what sort of residents they care for and any special services they provide. As well as helping you to decide whether the care home is the right place for you to take your career, it will also show your potential future employer that you care about the role and give you plenty of things to talk about during the interview.


Rehearse Some Care Home Interview Questions and Answers

One of the best ways to prepare for an interview in healthcare is to practice some typical nursing interview questions or care assistant interview questions depending on the role you are looking to apply for. By doing this, you will feel more comfortable on the day and give yourself time to think of some really great answers to impress the person conducting the interview.


Some Example Health Care Assistant Job Interview Questions and Answers


Why Do You Want to Work in Healthcare?

This is one of the most common healthcare interview questions out there and how you answer can indicate to your employer your motivation for applying for the role. Think about a time you have looked after someone who was unwell and perhaps a particularly rewarding healthcare experience you can talk about in answer to this question.


Why Did you Leave your Last Position?

Whilst for some this question may be potentially problematic, you may be asked this as one of your healthcare interview questions when you apply for a role. Avoid being too critical of your previous employers here to avoid sounding bitter. Instead, focus on the new opportunities the role you are applying for can give you and how you want to move forward with your career.


What Kind of Help Does an Elderly Client Need?

If you are applying for a role in a care home that deals with elderly residents, the chances are you will be asked this question. If you have previous experience of working with elderly residents, make sure to mention this in answer to this interview question. It is also important to point out the diverse needs of elderly clients and the importance of providing care to them in a way that doesn’t impose on their personal freedom or privacy. Independence is often key for our elderly residents so pointing out how you can help them achieve this as well as providing engaging company for any elderly residents who may be feeling lonely is a great way to show you know how to engage with the role.


What is your Biggest Strength?

This is a common interview question for many different industries and healthcare is no different. When you are applying for a job in healthcare, your employer wants to know what skills you bring to the table so take a think about what you excel at when it comes to healthcare. It may be that you are really good at relating to people and earning their trust in order to make them feel comfortable or you may have a number of other skills you are proud of. Take a minute to prepare some answers to this question before your healthcare interview and be prepared to also be asked what your weaknesses are.


If you are looking for the next step in your healthcare career, these healthcare interview tips are a great place to start. Our Select Care Homes are always on the lookout for new team members to join our team who are as enthusiastic and committed as we are. Take a look at our careers page to see where your career could take you next and see our open healthcare roles

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