Top Job Interview Questions for Home Health Aides

Technique, managing stress and communication make this list

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If you'd like to make a living as a home care aide or a home health aide, improve your chances of landing a job in the field by familiarizing yourself with the common questions people in your profession are asked during interviews. Prepping for your interview in this manner will likely make you more confident and self-assured when you meet prospective employers. Moreover, your answers will be well-thought out and comprehensive, giving you the edge over the competition.

Keep in mind, however, that interview questions will be specific to the unique job you're applying to, so don't expect the sample questions below to be the only ones asked of you.

Interests and Experiences

If you want to work as a caregiver, expect the interviewer to ask why you are interested in the field. Caregiving, after all, can be taxing, stressful and requires a lot of hard work. What makes you want to pursue this field that can often be thankless?

In addition to your interests in caregiving, interviewers will want to know about your background in the field. For example, what types of diagnoses have you cared for in the past? Specifically, they'll want to know if you have ever cared for someone in a condition similar to the patient you're seeking to care for now.

Employers will also want to know if there is any aspect of this patient's condition that makes you uncomfortable, so they can address the matter early on and before you're faced with this situation.

Your discomfort may not directly relate to the patient. It could be, say, that you're unwilling to do household chores such as cooking or light housekeeping in the home of your patient.

Experiences also include technique. You might be asked about a specific skill, such as how you would appropriately transfer a patient from a bed to a wheelchair.

Be prepared to explain in detail.

Judgment, Conflict and Decision-Making Skills

Being a caregiver requires good judgment, including the ability to prioritize and make decisions. You'll also have to handle conflict on occasion. Interviewers will want to know how you will address such experiences.

For example, they might ask you to imagine that your shift ends at 2 p.m., but your replacement hasn't arrived by 2:15 p.m. How would you handle the situation?

Interviewers will also want to know how you would handle difficult patients and family members. For one, how do you handle patients that are characteristically upset and/or difficult? Moreover, how would you handle a patient that resists your care?

Family members may not be the easiest to work with either. Say that after an extremely demanding day with a patient, a family member comes home and criticizes your work. What would you do or say in response.

No matter a family's temperament, you'll need to routinely interact and communicate with them. So, how would you keep a family informed of a patient's progress and well-being? Be prepared to explain.

General Job Interview Questions

In addition to job specific interview questions, you will also be asked more general questions about your employment history, education, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals and plans.

To prepare, consult a list of the most common interview questions and examples of answers to them.