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Certified Nursing Assistant Interview Questions

30 Certified Nursing Assistant Interview Questions
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.
Answer Example
"If the employee was a fellow CNA I would approach them directly. If the employee was my senior I would talk to my supervisor about it."
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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.

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"I've been in a supervisory role for the past 5 years. I've been the one to write schedules, mentor junior CNA's as well as review their work each day. I've enjoyed the position and look forward to the same opportunity with your hospital."
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"I haven't had the opportunity to supervise other CNA's in my career but I feel with my 6 years of experience I'm ready to do so."
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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.

Answer Example
"I've read that your facility has won multiple awards over the past 10 years. I'm looking forward to the chance to contribute to next years awards."
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"I've heard a lot about this facility from one of your Nurses Mrs. Smith. She is my mentor and friend and knew I would be a good fit here to care for your unique patient population."
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Question 4 of 30
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.

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"Currently, I am earning a base salary of $48K. I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."
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"Currently I'm making $35k and on occasion night differential. What is this position starting at?"
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Question 5 of 30
How do you manage work stress?
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Question 6 of 30
Why do you want to help people?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you deal with a confrontation with a co-worker?
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Question 8 of 30
Would you encourage others to become a Certified Nursing Assistant?
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Question 9 of 30
Can you tell me about a time that tested your patience?
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Question 10 of 30
Are you able to work night shift?
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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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Question 11 of 30
How would your boss describe you?
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Question 12 of 30
What is your experience with blood glucose monitoring?
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Question 13 of 30
You need to move a patient but they are a little too heavy for you. What do you do?
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Question 14 of 30
If you were unable to get to work on time what would you do?
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Question 15 of 30
How would your patients describe you?
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Question 16 of 30
When did you know you wanted to be a Certified Nursing Assistant?
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Question 17 of 30
Would you be comfortable working a night or weekend shift?
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Question 18 of 30
Tell us about a time that you demonstrated patience with one of your patients.
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Question 19 of 30
How do you show care and compassion to your patients?
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Question 20 of 30
How is teamwork important as a Certified Nursing Assistant?
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Question 21 of 30
Is having a sense of humor important as a Certified Nursing Assistant?
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Question 22 of 30
Why do you feel it is important to have a positive attitude as a Certified Nursing Assistant?
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Question 23 of 30
What is one interpersonal skill that you excel at?
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Question 24 of 30
What are a few technical skills that you excel at?
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Question 25 of 30
What is your experience with maintaining reports, records and logs as a Certified Nursing Assistant
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Question 26 of 30
A patient insists on hitting his call light all night. What do you do?
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Question 27 of 30
Walking with patients at times can be boring, how do you make it more exciting?
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Question 28 of 30
If you had a patient that insisted their personal hygiene was fine and it wasn't what would you do?
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Question 29 of 30
Describe your least favorite type of patient.
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Question 30 of 30
Describe your favorite patient.
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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.

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