Home Health Aide Interview Tips: 3 Proven Things You Can Do

Home Health Aide Interview Tips: 3 Proven Things You Can Do

Want to increase your chances in your home health aide interview? We asked employers in the home care industry from across the United States about the most important things candidates can do or say in the interview. Combined with our own independent online research, we bring you the following 3 “Must-Dos” that will help you score your first home health aide job! Note that there are lots of good generic advice lists on the internet, however this list is specifically tailored to HHAs.

1. Arrive Early and Look Professional

We can’t stress this one enough. Everyone we talked to told us being on time for your first interview has a huge impact of their perception of your reliability and how seriously you take the opportunity. There is no excuse to being late short of a disaster. Aim to be 15 minutes early to add a buffer for unexpected slow downs such as transportation delays, traffic jams, road closures, missed busses, etc.

Also make sure you are dressed appropriately for an interview – no jeans, tee-shirts, golf shirts, sneakers, etc. Remember that often the interview is decided in the first 5 seconds when people form their first impressions! If you are on time and dressed for business, you will be in a great position right from the start.

2. Be Open and Honest

Integrity and honesty go hand in hand, and are highly desirable traits in any employee. However they are particularly important in this line of work for two reason. First, you will be working with people in vulnerable positions that depend on you for their care, and these qualities are must haves. Second, and more importantly, you want to ensure that your expectations for the job are a good fit with what you will actually be doing. Different agencies will have different arrays of clients, all with their own special needs. Be open about the kinds of cases you want to work, the neighborhoods you want to work in, and the kinds of duties you want to perform. Don’t just say whatever you think the person on the other end of the table wants to hear, as that will not benefit anyone.

3. Show That You Understand Role

If this is your first HHA job, then it’s likely that the only technical skills you have are those you learnt during your training program, and that’s if you had one. Employers understand this, you can learn those on the job and with additional training. What is much more important than those skills however is that you understand the role that the HHAs plays with respect to their clients. This is critical because it reassures the employer not only that you know what you are getting yourself into, but that you have the right approach and mindset for the job, and that you take it seriously. If a client is geographically removed from their family and they live alone, or if their loved ones are simply too busy to spend time with them, then you will be the primary form of contact they have with the outside word! They rely on you for companionship, which helps them lead happy and meaningful lives. A HHA is more than just someone that comes in to help with chores and getting around, they become a critical piece of the client’s recovery process. Out of the entire healthcare team, you are the front line worker, the one who spends the most hours with the client. It is easy to see that you can become the most important person in their lives. Understanding the gravity of your role, and being able to communicate that to the agency will certainly help build their confidence that you are the right person for the job.

Other Helpful Interview Tips

Here are some more generic yet very helpful interview tips that apply to any industry:

  • Make a great first impression to everyone you meet, not just your interviewer. This includes the receptionist, the door person, and other people you may run into in the building or that you are introduced to.
  • Have a list of well researched and insightful questions ready!
  • Prepare some stories so that you are ready to nail those behavioural questions that are often asked in interviews.
  • Always end the interview by thanking them for their time. Make sure to send a follow-up note or email doing the same thing. You can include a brief summary of why you think you are a great fit for the job in your email or note – but don’t over do it.
  • Conduct research on the agency, the person you are meeting with, and the industry you are in. Come in well prepared and make sure you ask pointed questions that show off your prep work.
  • Enjoy yourself! Try not to let your nerves get the best of you. Have fun, smile often, and try to indulge your sense of humor.
  • Ask your interviewer lots of questions. This will help build rapport between the two of you.

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