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30 Certified Nursing Assistant Interview Questions

By: Heather Douglass

Question 1 of 30
One of your co-workers displayed poor bed-side manners. What would you do?
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We all have bad days, and that's ok. But it's not ok to take it out on our patients with poor bed-side manners. Take a few minutes to pull your co-worker aside to make sure everything is ok. Maybe you can help? Maybe they just need to take a break for 15 minutes with some fresh air and a soda. Tell the interviewer how you've handled a situation lately when this has happened. Show the interviewer how you are a team player and step in when someone isn't treating a patient nicely.
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Question 2 of 30
How do you feel about supervising others?
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The interviewer is asking this question to see if you will be ready to move into a leadership position now or if you will need a few more years under your belt. Tell the interviewer what type of supervisor you are and how many people you've supervised in the past.

Question 3 of 30
What do you know about our facility?
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With any job interview, it is crucial to understand the organization you are applying to. We recommend visiting the facility website to learn key information such as core hours, awards received, upcoming events, special focuses for that year. As a bonus, be sure to mention any positive interactions you have had with staff as well as what they have told you about the facility.

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What are your salary expectations?
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The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning, and where you want to be in the future.

Question 5 of 30
How do you manage work stress?
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We all experience stress on a daily basis...but how you relay this to the interviewer will say a lot about you. Steer clear away from the time that you lost your cool and raised your voice- we all have days like that but now is not the time to bring it up. Tell the interviewer how you manage your work stress and don't take it home with you, as well as not bringing your home stress to work.

Here's a sample answer: "Every morning we have a morning huddle for turnover. We discuss procedures left to be coded, who is out sick and what everyone is working on. Our morning huddles help alleviate work stress by distributing the work evenly as best we can. It gives everyone a chance to hear what needs to be accomplished and work together."
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Author of Certified Nursing Assistant Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 02/06/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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About Certified Nursing Assistant

August 17th, 2017

Being a Certified Nursing Assistant is not for the faint of heart. A typical day consists of answering patient calls, helping patients change into clothes, collecting urine and stool samples, or changing linens and adult diapers. Working along side Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants also assist with distributing medication, performing patient assessments, obtaining vital signs, organizing medical equipment, administering sponge baths, and more. You are able to tend to all your patients needs because of your patience and compassion. Knowing that you are helping the patient makes all the tedious tasks worth it.

Associate of Science in Nursing, Trade school or technical college training is recommended to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. In some instances, Nursing Assistants are able to begin work without any formal education.

To prepare for your interview you'll need to have your list of references in your back pocket. Your references will tell the interviewer about your passion for taking care of patients, your patience and your physical and emotional strength. Be sure to have brief, appropriate stories ready for your interview. Your interviewer will want to hear how you handle patient situations and your ability to work with others.