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Enrolled Nursing Assistant Interview Questions

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Do you have any questions about the job description here at Harmon House?

How to Answer

Yes. You do. And this is your time to ask the reasonable, thought-out questions you've prepared in advance. That means you've done your homework and read the job description and online reviews available and organized the most meaningful questions because you cannot ask them all. Usually, this question comes at the end of the interview, so listen carefully to everything they have told you because usually most of your questions will have been answered. This is not the time to ask random nonsensical questions that showcase your lack of preparation.

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20 Enrolled Nursing Assistant Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Do you have any questions about the job description here at Harmon House?

      How to Answer

      Yes. You do. And this is your time to ask the reasonable, thought-out questions you've prepared in advance. That means you've done your homework and read the job description and online reviews available and organized the most meaningful questions because you cannot ask them all. Usually, this question comes at the end of the interview, so listen carefully to everything they have told you because usually most of your questions will have been answered. This is not the time to ask random nonsensical questions that showcase your lack of preparation.

      1st Answer Example

      "I appreciate all the information you've shared with me about Mt. Sinai, and I have read the job description. I do have some questions, and I appreciate the opportunity to ask them. Are there any nursing assistant organizations here that I could join? What are the opportunities for advancement? (Try to make your questions enthusiastic and demonstrate an interest in a long relationship with the organization.)"

  • 2. How do you think the bulk of your patients would describe you?

      How to Answer

      This question requires thought and introspection from the interviewer. Take some time to think about your patients as a whole group might think of you, not just your favorite patients. Were you kind, pleasant, efficient, selective, gossipy, or talkative? Think about your employee reviews. Were there common themes of conduct? Choose strong words that convey confidence, strength, and integrity. Being the fun aide doesn't convey professionalism but being a pleasant, timely, kind, and efficient aide conveys respect and professionalism.

      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that my patients would say that I was kind, professional, and gave them excellent care as that is always my goal."

  • 3. What would you do if you witness one of your CNA coworkers be abrupt and impatient with a patient?

      How to Answer

      Empathy can and should be extended to everyone, but the patient takes priority in this instance. Everyone has a bad day, and maybe your co-worker is having a terrible day. But their terrible day can cost the patient, and that is not good care. Your responsibility is to the patient to provide the best care and being a silent witness to substandard care damages everyone. Your role is to be the patient's advocate.

      1st Answer Example

      "If the co-worker was my peer and I was with them, I feel that I would need to address it in some way. I would probably tell the patient, "

  • 4. What are some personality characteristics would you bring that would enhance the workplace environment?

      How to Answer

      There are two types of work skills. Hard skills are proficiency with job tasks such as being very good with taking vital signs or transfers. Soft skills are more difficult to measure but are equally as important such as integrity, communication skills, collaboration, and patience. The ideal employee is a combination of both great clinical and interpersonal skills.

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  • 5. How do you enter a patient's room?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking for observation skills and respect skills with this question. First, the interviewee must include the necessity of knocking before entering the room, even if the door is open. This is a demonstration of respect for the patient. Second, the interviewer is looking for the interviewer's expanded view of the patient and the patient's environment.

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  • 6. Have you ever been disciplined or at risk of losing your certification for any reason?

      How to Answer

      Hopefully, you haven't but if you still have your certification then you have a chance at the job. However, you must be transparent and not make excuses. It is helpful not to overexplain or underexplain. Briefly describe what happened and how you rectified it.

      Your answer should be brief and specific to the disciplined action with no excuses or rationale even if a direct answer risks the chance of employment. The interviewer will appreciate a direct and honest response.

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  • 7. This position requires bending, lifting, standing, and transferring patients. Is there anything that we need to know that may prohibit you from performing these duties?

      How to Answer

      Some CNA positions are not as intensive, but most require basic minimum requirements for duty. If there are current or future reasons (such as advancing pregnancy, scheduled elective surgeries, or others) that may impact the ability to perform job duties in the future. If you have a previous back injury that requires frequent trips to the chiropractor, it may be helpful to be transparent about that. Particularly if it was an issue for your previous employer.

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  • 8. What was your favorite topic in your coursework for certification?

      How to Answer

      This is not a top question but one that interviewers may ask to assess your interest and enthusiasm for learning and so this is an opportunity to show them.

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  • 9. How would you handle a patient who refused care?

      How to Answer

      Patients are in pain, crisis, confused, or perhaps just difficult and refusal of care can be confusing and disruptive to a busy certified nursing assistant's day. Patients refuse care despite the best efforts of the worker. It's normal so it's great to have a ready answer for the interviewers. Most interviewers are seeking employees who are readily able to effectively manage situations such as these. Your response should demonstrate interpersonal skills, empathy, and communication skills at the very least.

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  • 10. How do you feel about rotating shifts?

      How to Answer

      This is one question that may deserve a counter-question and clarification. Clarify what they mean by rotating shifts. Does it mean all three shifts? Is there any consistency in the schedule? It is important to be clear about what you can reasonably expect from the scheduling. As appealing as the job may be, you won't last long if it doesn't work for your life. It's great to be enthusiastic and accommodating, but clarity is your power in this scenario so ask the questions. Interviewers appreciate direct and honest answers.

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  • 11. Tell us about yourself.

      How to Answer

      This question appears simple enough, but it can make or break an interview. This is not the time or place to go free-styling back through memory lane and go long on how your pulled yourself together after your chaotic divorce, or that your favorite past-time is skydiving and drinking wine on the weekends. Every word of the interview occupies prime real estate, and an opportunity to showcase why you are the best candidate for the position. Prepare your answer to illustrate qualities that show your skills and traits that make you a great candidate. Tell them about your skills, your likes, your accomplishments, and add something unique so that they remember you.

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  • 12. How do you function as a member of the healthcare team?

      How to Answer

      It depends on the position and the facility, but many jobs require the CNA to function as a team member with other members of the interdisciplinary team. Even with whirlwind days, the CNA interfaces with multiple members of the patient's team from occupational therapy, nurses, doctors, physical therapy, and even dieticians.

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  • 13. How much supervision do you feel you require initially?

      How to Answer

      Interviewers are looking for a nice blend of 'self-starter' and coachable employee. The employee. The best answer indicates that you have solid basic skills that are transferrable to any clinical situation but would need supervision and guidance to fine-tune those skills to the position applied for.

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  • 14. Can you tell us about a weakness?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking for introspection and the ability for the candidate to demonstrate insight into possible weaknesses. This is not the place to spill the beans or to diss yourself. Come to the interview prepared with an honest answer that is not a deal-breaker for the interviewer such as 'I get overwhelmed easily. I have trouble being on time. I am sensitive to criticism.' The interviewer may read future difficulties into these answers. Your answer should include 'weaknesses' that are workable for the interviewer and the organization.

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  • 15. Can you describe your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Come to the interview prepared with your best answer to this question. When possible, align your strengths with the primary types of patients the facility serves. Your strengths may be with dementia patients, but that won't be a real asset in a facility that primarily does cardiac rehab. So instead of highlighting your work with dementia patients, pick out the strengths and qualities that help you succeed with dementia patients, such as patience, good communication skills, organization, cooperation and collaboration with expanded team members, or the ability to give a good report.

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  • 16. Are there any assigned duties that you are unable or willing to perform?

      How to Answer

      Certified nursing assistants are usually required to meet certain physical expectations such as lifting and bending requirements and the stamina to last long shifts on their feet. In addition, their job description includes certain tasks that are sometimes unpleasant or uncomfortable to some people, such as working with sick or infected persons or cleaning up stool or vomit. The CNA can certainly refuse any task that they feel incompetent to perform and should request supervision or training, and all tasks that do not fall within the scope of practice for their certification requirements such as administering medications or doing invasive procedures, for example.

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  • 17. Why do you think you would be a good fit for our organization?

      How to Answer

      It always pays to take some time to research the organization and review the mission statement. Tailor your answer so that it aligns with some aspect of the primary values of the organization. Always be authentic with your answer.

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  • 18. What kind of experience do you have working in patient care?

      How to Answer

      Even if you are a newly certified nursing assistant, you can still use your experience in clinical rotations or your experience as a private duty aide, or personal experience. The interviewer would like more specific information to determine if you are a good fit for this position. If you've worked in facilities that serve the elderly, be specific about the kind of patients. It is not sufficient to say that you worked with the elderly when you could say that you had experience with dementia patients, hip replacements, or perhaps ventilator patients.

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  • 19. Why did you decide to become a CNA?

      How to Answer

      There are lots of reasons a person may choose to become a certified nursing assistant and the act of seeking certification implies a dedication to standards of care for the industry. Think through the reasons that you became certified and explain them to your advantage in the interview. Although the pay may be better, that should never be the driving force behind your decision. It is better to lead with information about your dedication to being excellent in your field, using certification to explore the possibility of advancing into a nursing career. This is a good question to answer regarding your love of caring for people and wanting to add value to your work.

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  • 20. What are your qualifications?

      How to Answer

      Most candidates will come to the interview with the basic qualification of being certified as a nursing assistant, but this question allows you to expand on your qualifications and showcase what makes you stand out as a candidate. Prepare for this question even if you just graduated. Take the time to assemble life experiences that enable you to do the job better than other candidates. This may mean a volunteer position, caretaking experience for a family or friend, or helping at the local soup kitchen.

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